Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants at least one more job in management before he retires.
The Manchester United boss is committed to the Red Devils until 2019 and there has been no suggestion he plans to depart even then, having secured the job he has long desired.
United are flying high and the Mourinho era at Old Trafford still appears to be in its early stages, with reports suggesting he will be offered a new long-term contract.
But further down the line Portuguese boss Mourinho will seek another challenge.
Here are four possibilities he may fancy later on in his career.
Mourinho has previously said he was close to accepting the England job in late 2007, after Steve McClaren’s team failed to qualify for the World Cup. It would have been a major coup for the football Association at the time, although FA chiefs presumably thought landing Fabio Capello instead was a similarly impressive appointment.
He has cited the stop-start life of an international manager as a reason he did not take the position, preferring the day-to-day life of club management.
French giants PSG were praised by Mourinho in his interview with French television channel TF1, saying there was “something special” happening at the Ligue 1 club. With Qatari owners for whom money may be little object, a manager in Mourinho’s league might be considered attainable in the future.
The job might be considered a step down from United and all their history, though. And even in five or 10 years’ time, or whenever Mourinho is next seeking employment, that may remain the case.
This might be the job above all others that Mourinho has his eye on in the long term. He told Yahoo three years ago that it was the role in which he hoped “to end my career”.
Considering that at 54 years old he looks settled at United, it might be that Mourinho makes that his final job in club football before returning home at a suitable stage to lead his country’s national team.
Mourinho has enjoyed spectacular success in the Premier League, Serie A and LaLiga, as well as in Portugal with Porto. Peers such as Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola have stopped off at Bayern Munich during their illustrious careers, and the German game is in a strong place.
If that remains the case, then further down the line perhaps the Bundesliga may hold some appeal. There would certainly be no rush in terms of Mourinho’s age. After all, 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes is currently bossing Bayern.
Jose Mourinho will always seek new experiences and will one day move on from Manchester United to coach elsewhere, he told weekly French television show Telefoot in an interview aired on Sunday.
The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach refused to be drawn directly when asked if he would soon be working at Qatari backed Paris Saint-Germain however.
“What I can tell you is that I’m a coach with concerns, with ambitions and desires to do new things,” the 54-year-old Portuguese said in slightly halting but fluent French.
“I’m sure that I will not end my career here (at Manchester United),” he said.
“The other day my son decided to go and watch a match in Paris rather than Manchester. Why Paris?
“Because right now Paris has something special. There’s a magic about the place, youth and quality. It’s fantastic.”
Paris Saint-Germain secured the services of Brazil’s Neymar and new French wonderkid Kylian Mbapppe this summer and boast a star-studded line up thanks to their Qatari backing.
The Parisians experienced something of a hiccup last season, letting slip a first leg 4-0 lead to Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and having to watch Monaco romp to the French title.
While many thought their Basque coach Unai Emery would be fired the club kept faith in him, but his contract runs out in June.
Mourinho, who once worked at Barcelona as coach Bobby Robson’s interpreter, has a contract with United until June 2019, which he said in September he would run down rather than renew.
Pep Guardiola revelled in Manchester City’s best performance since he took charge – but warned he wants to be a winner, not the great entertainer.
Two goals from Gabriel Jesus and one each from Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva saw the Etihad outfit record three successive home league games with five goals or more – and hit seven for the first time since 2013.
It was a stunning feat to extend their lead at the top to two points, but Guardiola said: “I am here to win. I am not here to entertain. You can improve your ideas, but I am here to win.
“But the way I want to play is like this. Last season for example against Everton when we missed two penalties we didn’t win and in that moment we started to go down in our confidence. Now we have to recognise our mood and confidence is so high. Everybody believes we can play good, it doesn’t matter who plays, they are going to play good.
“We concede two shots on target, unfortunately they were own goals. We scored seven goals and created more shots on target and that is what I want to do. Always you can do it better, but I cannot deny [this] was maybe the best performance since I arrived.”
Teasing, tormenting and toying with their beleaguered opponents, it was a masterclass in movement and attacking finery. Sane, Jesus and Sterling were not only willing runners but clever in their ability to find space and be picked out by passes from the genius that is Kevin De Bruyne.
Stoke’s former City boss Mark Hughes said: “Kevin De Bruyne is head and shoulders above anybody else in the Premier League, in my view, given the level of performance and the way he can dictate the game.”
The Belgian was predictably involved in the first two goals that set City on their way to another rout. A lovely ball saw Kyle Walker race inside and afforded time and space to cutback for Jesus to slot home.
An intricate passing move then saw De Bruyne link with Sane and the German – having somehow earlier volleyed over when unmarked – was unselfish as he chose to tee up Sterling for a tap-in. It was simple yet sublime.
Ditto goal number three in the 27th minute as Sane’s sweeping cross picked out Sterling and he, in turn, the supporting Silva. A stumbling first touch from the Spaniard and then a left-foot poke into the corner.
Yet much folly followed the fun as Stoke suddenly snatched two goals either side of half time.
Mame Diouf’s persistence paid off for the first as his strike deflected in off Fabian Delph. Then the Stoke frontman met a fine cross from 18-year-old debutant Tom Edwards with a poor header, but it hit the incoming Walker and bounced into the net.
The fans were tense, but nerves in this City side? Not a chance. Back they came with three crushing blows in the space of seven minutes.
De Bruyne’s delightful cross was slammed in by Jesus before Fernandinho sent a 25-yard rocket past Jack Butland and De Bruyne threaded through a pass for Sane to finish with aplomb. This was sixy football, but there was still time for sub Bernardo to stroll in for a seventh goal. It was a magnificent display and showed how much Guardiola and City have learnt from last season.
“With almost the same players, what changed?” he added. “Basically we know each other more, I know my players much more, I know the competition more and I know even more how to damage opposition teams.”
And Hughes added: “We are not the first to come here and get turned over. Clearly we won’t be the last because City are an outstanding team.”