What Jose does next
So Jose Mourinho has got his sights set on a stint in Italy. We can rest assured that the Special One isnÃ¢ÂÂt interested in turning Catania into a Serie A powerhouse, so that leaves Juventus and the two Milanese clubs. HeÃ¢ÂÂs been smooching away to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his love of all things Italian, but will the charm offensive pay off?
On the face of it, AC Milan seems as good as anywhere to resume his career. Carlo AncelottiÃ¢ÂÂs position looks shakier than ever after the Champions League debacle. If he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt fashion a fourth-placed finish then Silvio Berlusconi may opt for a new beginning, much as he did when he brought Arrigo Sacchi in twenty years ago.
However, Milan can seldom stand to get rid of their own and if they do decide to move Carlo on then a former player such as Frank Rijkaard would ease that guilt. Berlusconi is so taken with his creaking old squad (or Ã¢ÂÂchildrenÃ¢ÂÂ, as he likes to call them) that he's even trying to persuade Paolo Maldini to play on for another year and is ready to welcome that prodigal son Andriy Shevchenko back with open arms. ItÃ¢ÂÂs also questionable that Mourinho could hack another meddling owner, while there is also the Marcello Lippi factor Ã¢ÂÂ although there are a couple of high-profile Rossoneri who wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be too pleased to see the World Cup winner strolling through the gates at Milanello.
Meanwhile down the road at Appiano Gentile, InterÃ¢ÂÂs head honcho Massimo Moratti certainly doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mind if his coach is outspoken and has the money to throw around to keep Jose happy. Although Roberto Mancini has been breaking records in Serie A, itÃ¢ÂÂs the Champions League that Moratti dreams of now and if Liverpool dump his side out next week then he might turn to a man with a proven record in the competition.
Down the motorway in Turin, Juventus would be MourinhoÃ¢ÂÂs most ambitious move. The Old Lady donÃ¢ÂÂt have any millions to speak of and the team needs four or five quality players to launch a challenge for the league, never mind a crack at Europe. On the plus side, JuveÃ¢ÂÂs new straight-laced management would probably give the former Chelsea boss carte blanche on team affairs if he were to oust Claudio Ranieri from his job for a second time. However, the feeling in Italy is this a typical Jose sideshow and heÃ¢ÂÂs only putting his name out there again to angle for a move to Catalonia.