Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have finally smoothed out the details of a 3-year contract. Mourinho is set to be announced as the new manager on Friday.
Before the £12 million (AU$ 12 million) a year contract could be finalised, a few snags were in the way. Both parties had to settle how to handle Mourinho’s personal endorsements and Manchester United’s partnerships. Jose Mourinho currently endorses a car, a watch and a casino.
There was also the issue of the new manager’s image rights. Before he was fired, Chelsea owned the trademark to Mourinho’s name. However, it is understood that the manager has already reclaimed his name trademark.
The contract was signed at a five-star hotel, Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair.
As Mourinho takes over the position, several key football personalities have already sent their congratulations to the Portuguese.
Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand posted a congratulatory note both on Facebook and Twitter. He said after Mourinho’s disappointing last days at Chelsea, “this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”
Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic supported Mourinho as the new head at Old Trafford. He played for the Portuguese for the Inter Milan in Serie A.
The Telegraph quotes him saying, “I believe he’s the man to bring them back to the top. If you want to win you bring in Mourinho. I had a fantastic time when I was working with him. If we will work again, I don’t know.”
BBC reports that Manchester United is keen on bring Ibrahimovic to play for Mourinho. His contract with Paris Saint-Germain has just expired.
However, not everyone sees the good in Mourinho’s signing. Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has cautioned about Mourinho’s behavior. During Mourinho’s Chelsea stint, his frequent altercation with football officials and even the Football Association itself shows his unruly temper. He even said that Manchester United should prepare for news conferences and start cashing in on it, too.
With the contract signing already done, all that is left is for the new manager to be formally introduced as part of Manchester United.