Stan Collymore believes that Manchester United should stay clear of hiring sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese parted ways with the London club last week, after the Blues were left languishing in 16th in the table. The Premier League champions have had a fall from grace even worse than Man United’s under David Moyes and Mourinho’s availability has got the rumour mill turning about the Old Trafford hot seat.
With United themselves struggling for form this season, many fans are eager for Louis van Gaal to be let go. It is not clear who his successor would be but Mourinho certainly has the credentials to take over such a huge task. However, it is his off-field behaviour that is under the spotlight and Collymore feels this may be his downfall in his quest for the United job.
“I’m sure at Manchester United, the likes of Ed Woodward (chief executive) and plenty of supporters would love to have him as well, although I’m not convinced Sir Bobby Charlton would,” Collymore wrote in The People.
“I’d tend to agree with Sir Bobby, that if I was a United or a Bayern Munich, if I was looking long-term, then I wouldn’t touch him. Short-term he will win you a couple of trophies, but be careful what you wish for two or three years down the line.”
Mourinho has a stellar record across Europe having won titles in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal but his disciplinary record leaves much to be desired. His well-known ‘third-season syndrome’ is also a cause for concern, as the 52-year-old tends to struggle in his third campaign as boss of many of the teams he has managed in the past.
United have struggled for stability since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and will be craving a manager who is willing to spend a long time at Old Trafford. Mourinho might not be that man but his proven record means he will almost definitely bring success with him, if he were to join the Reds.