Will international success be the icing on the cake?

Chelsea manager Jose MourinhoJose Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the top managers around and arguably the best. Even though he finished this season without winning any trophies for Real Madrid, he has made an impact and triumphed with every team he has managed during his already illustrious career.

During his time at Porto, the ‘Special One’ won the Primeira Liga twice and the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup once. He also lifted the Europa League and the Champions League trophies with the Dragons.

With his current team Chelsea he has won the Premier League in two consecutive years, the League Cup twice and the FA Cup, as well as the Community Shield. In Italy he won the treble with Inter Milan (Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League) as well as the 2008 Italian Super Cup. Even before this year’s dry spell he managed to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup with Los Merengues.

Mourinho has travelled the world and succeeded everywhere but what’s missing for the successful coach?

Three days ago Mourinho told the Independent that the FA asked him to coach the England national team six years ago and he declined because he felt that the long periods of inactivity would distract him. Now, if Mou joined England that year he would have never had the glory he experienced at Italy and Spain. But what if he became England’s manager now? Wouldn’t the European Championship and more importantly the World Cup act as a huge goal for the 50-year-old manager?

England are currently a team that has been experiencing a dry spell for a long period of time, and the last big trophy they won was way back in 1966. The fans seem disappointed with their players and the team looks to have taken a permanent back seat to the giants of Spain, Germany and Brazil. If there is one coach in the world we know has slayed giants everywhere he has been, it’s Jose Mourinho. From the 2004 Porto underdog story all the way to dethroning Barcelona, Mourinho has done it all and has beaten them all. Why would the international level be any different?

Mourinho has also expressed interest in England’s young talent. He told the Independent that he was very “open-minded” about young players and added that English teams should push the young footballers more. He added that he would like to help the English youth football with his experience, once he learned more about it, and what a better way to do that and promote talented young players as England’s manager?

During his career, the Portuguese managed to mould the skills of talented youngsters such as Mario Balotelli at Inter Milan as well as Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. Therefore, the ‘Special One’ could easily work with the young rising stars of England’s national team such as Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Rodwell.

One thing that could also lure more fans into England games is Mourinho’s playing style. The Chelsea coach has always been a fan of attacking football and most of his tactics are based on that game plan. Football fans around the world are all admirers of this sort of football as they want to see goals and chances being created at the opposing net.

England’s last game at the Euro 2012 against Italy featured the Three Lions’ game plan being anything but attractive, as Italy dominated possession by 63 per cent. Furthermore, Italy had a minimum of 59 successful passes, 31 shots (18 on target) and seven corners. England only had a minimum of 18 passes, eight shots, four on target and three corners. That is something that the Three Lions fans would rarely see with Mourinho.

The former Real Madrid coach made a very good point as he would indeed be experiencing a long period of inactivity where he would have to be content to just visit other teams’ practice and assess the players through other coaches’ training methods and would also have to watch every single match per week to monitor the talent. That way he could possibly lose his edge.

But let’s take Vicente Del Bosque, Spain’s manager, for example. The Furia Roja are arguably the best team in the world, after winning two European Championships in a row and the 2010 World Cup, with players such as Andres Iniesta, Juan Mata and David Silva. There is no way Del Bosque couldn’t get any credit for that success (except Euro 2008) as he is the one calling the shots at the team and he is the one working the systems. The Spaniard didn’t lack any glory beforehand as he won La Liga and the Champions League twice as well as the 2001 Spanish Super Cup and the 2002 UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid.

The same goes for Marcello Lippi, who has won the Serie A five times with Juventus as well as one Coppa Italia, four Italian Super Cups, one European Super Cup and one Champions League with La Vecchia Signora. When the Italian manager took over at Italy’s national team he managed to bring the country on the top of the mountain at the 2006 World Cup. Therefore, he as well didn’t lose his edge after picking a completely different schedule, so why would Mourinho suffer this sort of fate?

As said above, if Mou succeeded Steve McClaren in 2007 he would probably not have the fame he has right now, unless he won trophies with England. Truth is though that the World Cup and the Euro would work as great targets for Mourinho to get his rightful place in greatness a lot earlier than he will get it. That doesn’t mean he has nothing to win in the Premier League as he is back to a team that saw great success under his leadership and could bring the Blues back on top after three years. From then on, who knows…?