Mourinho secures quick return to management with Roma
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Real Madrid reportedly approached Jose Mourinho before settling on appointing Carlo Ancelotti as Zinedine Zidane’s successor. Ancelotti left Everton to take over at Real on Tuesday in a surprise return back to the Spanish giants, but it appears he might not have been the club’s first choice.
European football is undergoing a managerial merry-go-round currently, with several big names moving clubs at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Zidane announced his decision to move on from Real Madrid last week after the club were pipped to the La Liga title by rivals Atletico Madrid.
In the wake of his departure Los Blancos were linked with former Juventus manager Max Allegri and club legend Raul, who is in charge of the Real B team.
However, president Florentino Perez surprised many by appointing Ancelotti on a three-year deal after the Italian oversaw a 10th place finish for Everton in the Premier League.
The 61-year-old, who managed Real for two years between 2013 and 2015, described the return as “an unexpected opportunity”.
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It seems that Real were not planning for his return either, with The Telegraph reporting that they actually contacted Mourinho first.
Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham on April 19 following a disappointing 18-month spell in north London.
He quickly found a way back into management on May 4, accepting the opportunity to succeed Paulo Fonseca at Roma on a three-year contract.
However, The Telegraph says Mourinho was twice ‘approached informally’ in order ‘to get his view on the Madrid job’ last week after Zidane’s departure was made public.
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The Portuguese manager, who led Real between 2010 and 2013 before being succeeded by Ancelotti, ‘conveyed to Madrid there was no interest from his side in a return’ because he ‘is enthusiastic about the challenge at Roma’.
Madrid then turned their attention to Ancelotti and quickly agreed terms with Everton, who are now looking for a sixth permanent manager in five years.
Real did not have to pay Everton a settlement to hire the Italian because the Toffees and owner Farhad Moshiri did not put up a fight.
It took just one day for the three parties to iron out the creases, with Everton agreeing to curtail Ancelotti’s contract, which still had three years left to run.
Everton are now focusing on the appointment of a new manager, with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez among the names being touted.
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