Jose Mourinho has already turned down an offer from Roma, it has emerged, despite taking the extraordinary step of announcing his immediate availability to go back into management just two days after being sacked by Chelsea.
The Portuguese released a statement through his representatives at Creative Artists Sports and Polaris Sports, stating “he will not be taking a sabbatical”. By this time, Roma had already made contact.
Mourinho is understood to have turned down the Serie A side. As reported by The Independent, the 52-year-old former Chelsea manager is targeting the manager’s job at Manchester United – a situation that could come closer to happening after Louis van Gaal’s side lost 2-1 at home to Norwich City yesterday.
The Independent on Sunday has been told, however, that Mourinho has received a number of other offers – although none from the elite band of super clubs.
Mourinho’s name was regularly sung at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – especially after the goals in an emphatic 3-1 win against Sunderland – which was in stark contrast to the lukewarm applause which greeted the confirmation that Guus Hiddink will take over as interim manager.
Jose Mourinho's season in quotes
Jose Mourinho's season in quotes
1/10 On the Eva Carneiro row
'You have to understand the game even if you’re a kit man, a doctor or a secretary on the bench'
2/10 On the Eva Carniero row (ii)
'I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive'
3/10 After 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace
'We didn't deserve to lose. But Palace gave us a very difficult game. The result should be a draw, which would still be bad for us. We did enough not to lose'
4/10 After 3-1 defeat at Everton
'I am not feeling pressure. The results are the worst in my career. They are not adapted to my quality, my status, but I am coping well with the situation. I am the man for the job. I don't think there is better man who could come and do my job'
5/10 After 3-1 home defeat to Southampton
'When we are at the top I understand that there is quite a big pleasure in putting us down but when you are down I think you need to be a bit honest and to make clear that the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea”. "I repeat, if the FA want to punish me, they can punish me, they don't punish other managers, they punish me - it's not a problem for me. But I want to repeat because I think my players deserve it, I think our fans deserve it and I am a Chelsea fan too. I want to say it again: referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea'
6/10 To referee Jon Moss, a comment that got him sent to the stands at West Ham
'Wenger is right about you… you are f****** weak'
7/10 After being fined £50,000 for his comments about officials being 'scared' to award Chelsea decisions
'I'm happy I don't have an electronic tag'
8/10 Refusing to answer any questions after Chelsea are beating 3-1 by Liverpool
'I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say. I'm so sorry. I have nothing to say'
9/10 After Glenn Murray's offside goal gave Bournemouth a famous win
'In the moment when our opponent were thinking just about defending a clean sheet they cross the halfway line for the first time and scored. If it was offside it is another episode that goes against us, but I did not'
10/10 After defeat to Leicester City on Monday
'One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel like my work was betrayed'
The Dutch coach sat alongside owner Roman Abramovich and the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during the game. There have been suggestions Drogba will be involved in a coaching capacity.
Some fans attempted to approach Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo to express their anger over the situation, but were ushered away by stewards. After the game, Hiddink and Drogba went down to the pitch to greet the players, who were warming down. There were some warm hugs, especially for Drogba.