The Sacked One: Where does Jose Mourinho go next after Tottenham departure?

Portugal, Juventus and a move to MLS are the front-runners for Mourinho's next job in management.

Not one to be outdone, Daniel Levy has somehow upstaged a European Super League breakaway by sacking Jose Mourinho.

Seventeen months ago, Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham Hotspur's boss and was seen by Levy as the man to take the club forward.

Back-to-back Premier League sackings at London rivals Chelsea and Manchester United did very little to excite Spurs fans about the arrival of Mourinho.

However, the Hollywood signing of Gareth Bale in the summer left supporters feeling optimistic ahead of the new season. Alongside Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, Bale was seen as the final piece of the jigsaw for Tottenham's unlikely title tilt.

Top of the table in December, Mourinho branded his side as a 'little pony' in the race for Premier League glory.

Sadly, he also forgot about a defence which included Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and a faded Toby Alderweireld.

Things soon capitulated in the domestic and European fixtures.

Just 14 wins from 32 Premier League games and a humiliating elimination to Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League contributed towards Mourinho's third successive sacking in England.

Spurs - currently seventh in the table - will now prepare for this weekend's EFL Cup final against Manchester City under Ryan Mason.

"Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club," Levy said in a club statement.

"Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.

"He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution."

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Where next for Mourinho?

The question is, will the 56-year-old be given another opportunity of coaching at the elite level?

Here, Planet Sport takes a look at where Mourinho could go next via SkyBet.

Portugal - 5/1

Despite previously claiming he is too young for international management, it could prove too tough for Mourinho to turn down his native if they come calling - especially with the 2022 World Cup just over 12 months away.

With the European Championships coming up, much will depend on the performance of head coach Fernando Santos.

Juventus - 8/1

He couldn't, could he? Remembered for his two years of success at Inter Milan, which included a famous treble, Mourinho is not the most popular of people in Turin.

Mourinho is also adored by Inter Milan fans but with Andrea Pirlo likely to be axed at the end of the season, we could see the Portuguese going up against old rival Antonio Conte.

Porto - 9/1

A return to Porto?

A two year spell between 2002 to 2004 was the birth of Mourinho.

Mourinho celebrates winning the Champions League with Porto in 2004
Mourinho celebrates winning the Champions League with Porto in 2004

Arguably his biggest achievement, Mourinho won his European Cup with the club in 2004 and introduced himself to world soccer by beating Man United in dramatic style along the way.

However, his ego may be too big to consider returning to Primeira Liga.

Any MLS club - 10/1

While Phil Neville has only just been appointed at Inter Miami, Mourinho's face certainly fits alongside David Beckham.

Los Angeles FCLA Galaxy and New York City FC could all be good fits for the Special One too based on their locations.

Sky Bet has also given odds for the following clubs:

Wolverhampton Wanderers 8/1; Napoli 12/1; Celtic 14/1; Atletico Madrid, Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain 16/1; England, AC Milan 20/1; Real Madrid 25/1.

The odds were correct at the time of publishing this article but may have changed since.

By Joe Hewlett @joehewlett_

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