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It has been a long 12 months for Jose Mourinho since his departure from Manchester United as he looks to get back into management and restore his reputation.
His tenure ended with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield, with Mourinho being fired less than a week later. But according to Ligue 1 side, Lyon, they have approached the Portuguese boss only for them to knock them back.
The French outfit has been struggling this season after losing influential players such as Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele over the summer months.
Their hopes for the new season had been high as they reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time last season since 2012. However, former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Sylvinho’s appointment has been nothing short of a disaster for the club.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had vowed to take a step back from the club this season, but he has been forced to reintegrate and find a new permanent manager.
He revealed that he did reach out to Mourinho for the role.
Speaking at a conference call, the president claimed: “We had some fairly flattering exchanges over SMS. It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club.”
Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Euro League podcast, French football expert Julien Laurens expects a different direction for the club following the previous coach’s record.
He said: “After thinking a bit outside the box with someone who is inexperienced, Lyon are now going to the other extreme. Arsene Wenger was keen on the job but it’s not going to happen.
“Jose Mourinho was also in contact with Lyon. He exchanged text messages with Aulas and turned down the opportunity to meet with him. Aulas has a strict process to name the next manager.
“He will meet the contenders on the shortlist then he and his people, like Gerard Houllier and Bernard Lacombe, will decide who’s the best.
Jose could potentially have been on that list. I guess Lyon is just not big enough for Jose.”
Where will Mourinho land?
The odds on Mourinho’s next job has been a competitive market since he was fired from United, but even now, not many can see his final destination.
He had been briefly linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers due to the Midlands club’s link with Jorge Mendes, but it would seem that Nuno Espirito Santo has been able to navigate his way out of a tricky set of results.
Meanwhile, other front runners for Mourinho are Bayern Munich and PSG. The former would be a potential, as Mourinho had admitted that he is now learning German and would one day want to manage in the country.
Munich haven’t started the season particularly well in the Bundesliga and have one of the worst defensive records in the top half of the table.
Tottenham Hotspur is also a potential landing point for Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino begins to feel the pressure after a slow start to the season.
Mourinho has been a name that many of the fans were keen on, but it would be unlikely to suggest whether Daniel Levy would fancy his chances at taming the Portuguese coach.
Any potential appointment for that position isn’t likely to come before Tottenham’s next game against Watford.
The bookmakers make Spurs heavy favourites to get out of their slump, but a defeat in this game could see the odds slashed on Mourinho taking over.
Meanwhile, his former club takes on Liverpool at Old Trafford when the Premier League resumes, and they will go into that clash as rank outsiders to get the three points that they desperately need.