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Fresh Developments On The Futures Of José Mourinho And Gary Neville

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As tedious as the January transfer window was, this year’s practice of managers finding new clubs in February is proving far more entertaining.

Firstly, the elephant in the room. José Mourinho is going to be at Manchester United next season, and as soon as we all accept that, the happier we’ll be.

Reports overnight in El Confidencial and from Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague on Friday afternoon had suggested that talks between Mourinho’s representatives and Manchester United had begun.

On Friday night, the Manchester Evening News and BBC lent their considerable weight to this story. In the words of Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys 2 – s**t just got real.

Interestingly, the BBC report claims that Mourinho’s arrival may see assistant manager Ryan Giggs depart the club:

“…while Giggs was happy to further his education under Van Gaal, he is unlikely to be as willing to work with Mourinho.”

The story is set to be carried by just about every newspaper in Britain this weekend, so it’s safe to say that a deal is in the offing.

The crescendo of noise that has built up around this saga suggests that it is only a matter of time before an announcement is made, most likely to confirm José’s arrival in the summer.

Meanwhile in Spain, a man who seems destined to be out of a job in the summer is under-pressure Valencia manager Gary Neville. Neville himself had generally been spared most of the fans’ ire despite a poor start to life at the Mestalla, but that all changed when Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez tore through his side’s defence at will in a 7-0 rout in midweek.

To that end, reports began emerging on Friday that Valencia would be turning to old boss Rafa Benítez to take over once Neville’s contract expires at the end of the season.

The reports stated that as of right now, Benítez was non-committal about returning to the club where he won two Spanish league titles and one UEFA cup. He still enjoys a good relationship with fans of the club, however, so his would be an appointment that fans would really get behind.

With Chelsea still yet to confirm a new boss, there is still at least one more managerial drama left for this campaign. But it does at least look like one, possibly two, sagas could be coming to an end.

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