Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up
NBCSports Header Logo

Mourinho ‘first option’ for Real Madrid’s next managerial hire

Britain Soccer Champions League

ManU coach Jose Mourinho gestures during the Champions League group H soccer match between Manchester United and Young Boys at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says there’s a very good chance that Jose Mourinho will return to the Bernabeu next season with a healthy transfer budget.

Calling Mourinho “the only manager that Florentino Perez respects,” Calderson says the current Real president is thinking about Mourinho, with Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino also in the picture.

[ MORE: Real-Ajax recap | Ajax reacts ]

“I have no doubt Mourinho is the first option for the president,” Calderon said. “He’s been called in the last weeks.”

Santiago Solari is the current interim boss of Real, who lost to Barcelona twice before growing the losing streak with Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League dismissal at the hands of Ajax.

Calderon expects major changes due to fan and club unrest, saying, “There’s been three or four months moaning now, lamenting and regretting what we did planning this team.”

Real won La Liga in 2011-12 under Mourinho, as well as the 2010-11 Copa del Rey. He left the club after three seasons.

Follow @NicholasMendola