Premier League craving Jose Mourinho return, says Gary Neville
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that the Premier League would benefit from Jose Mourinho's return
Gary Neville believes that the Premier League would benefit from Jose Mourinho’s return ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Manchester United in the Champions League at Old Trafford.
Los Blancos head to the Premier League leaders on the back of successive El Clásico triumphs, with Madrid needing to score on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho has been linked with a return to Chelsea, while also being touted as a possible replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Portuguese coach expected to leave the Spanish capital at the end of the season.
And Neville says that English football is desperate to resume its love affair with Mourinho after the 50-year-old left the Blues in 2007.
“People say here that United want him for the day when Ferguson leaves,” Neville said. “City too, Chelsea. You get the feeling that he is on the point of leaving Madrid, so the speculation has started. England wants him back.
“The media misses him, there is an undoubted love affair with the public and the media. We like our football to be full of these type of guys who add atmosphere and passion to sport.
“He will always be seen well, what he did at Chelsea will always be remembered. He connected with the English public immediately and still does. His fighting spirit, his direct way of saying things.
“In England they liked him, and having become Madrid manager, and winning La Liga against the best Barcelona team in history, has just increased his reputation. Nothing damages him and he has not changed since he left the Premier League. He is still a successful, ambitious manager.”
Mourinho won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and League Cup during a three-year spell at Stamford Bridge.