Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho dropped new job hint a month ago that no one noticed

Jose Mourinho looks on from the stands during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage.
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Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho had already hinted that he was on his way to Turkey a month before his new job emerged.

The Portuguese manager has reportedly agreed a two-year deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce. It comes after a four-month hiatus from management following his sacking by Roma back in January.

Mourinho has been heavily linked with several jobs since leaving his role at Roma, including vacancies in the Saudi Pro League and a return to Chelsea. The Blues are however closing in on appointing Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca as their new head coach.

Speaking back in March , the manager outlined how he was ready to take on a new role. "I’m ready to start and sometimes when you end in a club you feel the need of a rest, of a think, you know, process things," he told Fabrizio Romano.

"In this case, one day after I left I was ready to go. I feel strong, I feel good. I love the work, I’m really ready but I don’t want to make the wrong choice. I cannot accept something just because of the feeling and because of the passion to be back so I have to be patient."

It now seems that Mourinho may have been hinting at his next move with an advertisement he did at the end of April. Turkish Airlines, who are an official sponsor of the Champions League posted an advert including Mourinho on their official Instagram account.

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Just a few weeks later the manager looks set to arrive in Turkey to take on his new challenge. Mourinho himself has also indicated that a new job is on the horizon.

Posting on Instagram with luxury menswear Zegna, he wrote: "New stuff for new adventures." Fenerbahce finished second in the Turkish Super Lig in 2023/24, three points behind champions Galatasaray.

Commenting on the advert, Turkish Airlines’ chairman of the board and executive committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, said: "As holding Europe’s Best Airline title, we are proud to be the official sponsor of one of the most prestigious sports events, UEFA Champions League.

"Now our collaboration with José Mourinho reinforces our brand’s global strength and commitment to sports while highlighting our shared pursuit of excellence."

Mourinho added: "Turkish Airlines is for sure one of the world’s best airlines, confirmed by the numerous awards it receives each year. It is an honor to work with them. This partnership combines my passion for winning with their outstanding service quality."