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.