Journalist Dean Jones has been speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk to discuss potential incomings and outgoings ahead of this summer’s transfer window, including Celtic’s search for a new permanent manager.
Jones discussed the matter alongside host, Pete O’Rourke, following the departure of Neil Lennon in February.
Should Celtic enquire about Mourinho?
However, Jones did not seem convinced by the reports with the journalist playing down the rumours linking the Portuguese manager with the Parkhead side.
He said: “I’m not going to rule out that Mourinho gets another job in the Premier League. I don’t think it’s a great idea if anybody’s thinking of doing that.
“I saw he was linked to Celtic. That surely can’t happen.
“For me, it has to be international management now for Mourinho, it has to be. I think he’s really well suited to it. I mean, give him a tournament – how many people can you possibly fall out within six weeks? Maybe a few, but not enough, surely, to ruin a whole tournament?”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
Despite a stunning start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, Mourinho’s time at Spurs ended in a similar fashion that of his previous jobs where the atmosphere at the club has turned sour with the 58-year-old publicly criticising the players.
This begs the question of whether another British side would hire him having seen another example of a Mourinho era at a club ending badly?
There is no doubting Mourinho’s success in the past, however, with a Spurs squad which maybe isn’t as good as it has been in years gone by, we saw Mourinho’s side slumped in seventh spot in the Premier League when he was sacked and humiliated just over a month ago in the Europa League.
A rebuild of the Celtic squad is expected this summer – but would Mourinho be the right man to guide the club through that period following his failed stint at Spurs?