This Is What Rio Ferdinand Thinks About Jose Mourinho’s Next Perfect Job

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After Jose Mourinho was fired by Roma, Rio Ferdinand disclosed the ideal position for him to take on next.

With the Italian powerhouses presently ranked seventh in Serie A, Mourinho was stripped of his duties last week. In 2022, “The Special One” and Roma won the Europa Conference League. In 61 years, it was the club’s first significant European honour.

He isn’t working right now, although he’s been connected to a number of prestigious positions globally.

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Following claims last week that he had signed a deal with Al Shabab, a Saudi Pro League team, Mourinho denied having any firm arrangements in place.

The 60-year-old will wait for the ideal occasion to return to the dugout. He is not in any hurry to do so. Ferdinand, a former defender for Manchester United, thinks he knows the answer.

Ferdinand said on Vibe With Five that Mourinho would be an ideal successor to England boss Gareth Southgate.

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He said: “I don’t think the FA [would] hire a Jose Mourinho. I would.

“But I don’t think the FA… they’re not going from Gareth Southgate to Mourinho. That’s too big of a difference in character and personality. It’s not happening.

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“Yeah […] [that’s like going from] ready salted to vindaloo, bruv. It’s not happening.”

Southgate’s Three Lions contract expires in December 2024. Southgate’s contract has a ‘cooling down’ time after Euro 2024, as requested by FA technical director John McDermott and chief executive Mark Bullingham.

Ferdinand later admitted that he would love to see Mourinho return to the Premier League for a third time with Chelsea. He also mentioned that a stay at Newcastle United, his fourth English club, would be intriguing.

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The 45-year-old said, “To Chelsea? Mourinho? There’s no chance.

“These guys… these Americans don’t go backwards like that. Not backwards in talent or class… They’re not going backwards and getting… that [the appointment of Frank Lampard] was an interim stopgap.

“I would love to see Jose back there, I’ve got to be honest. Me, personally, Jose, please, I hope you get the job, if [Mauricio] Pochettino doesn’t do well. I think they’re gonna stay with Pochettino.

Ferdinand continued: “If he doesn’t go [to] Chelsea, where’s he go? Newcastle? I would love to see him there.

“But Eddie Howe, man, he’s been unreal. Yeah, but I wouldn’t want to see Eddie go.”

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