Jose Mourinho is being eyed as the potential replacement for Gregg Berhalter as USMNT head coach amid an investigation into the latter.
The AS Roma manager is currently enjoying a spell in Serie A as his side are currently in 6th place, alongside Lazio and Atalanta, who are in 4th and 5th respectively.
Current USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter was forced to come out earlier this month and confess that he had kicked his wife in the legs during an argument in 1991. Berhalter claimed in his statement that he had been blackmailed into doing this when the person had approached approached him and threatened to ‘take him down’ with this information.
Berhalter’s contract expired earlier this month, but U.S. Soccer has said it will not make a decision on his future until the investigation, which came to the fore after the World Cup, is complete.
Berhalter was expected to continue as US coach after their impressive performance at the World Cup, where the US finished their group undefeated and were knocked out by the Netherlands in the Round of 16 after a valiant performance.
Mourinho has also been linked with the Brazil and Portugal jobs, although former Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has recently taken the Portugal job after his disappointing performance in Qatar with Belgium.
The USMNT was also rumored to have approached former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane for the role, although he declined the offer.
Jose Mourinho is known as one of the best of the most successful managers of the last 20 years, winning 26 trophies so far throughout his career. This includes two Premier League titles, two Serie A titles, two Champions League titles, two Europa League titles as well as his latest, a Europa Conference League title among other domestic trophies.
Despite his unfailing success in club football in Portugal, England, Spain and Italy, the Portuguese manager has always romanticized the idea of coaching a national team:
“Yes, I want to coach a national team, I want the experience of a World Cup and European Championship, the feeling of the short competition,” Mourinho said in 2020.
In relation to the extortion and the information that led to Berhalter’s investigation, it was revealed that the parents of USA international Gio Reyna had reported the incident in question to US Soccer.
Reyna, who plays his club football for Borussia Dortmund, was expected to be a key player during the World Cup but was used sparingly as a substitute.
His mother then made a move that Berhalter states was an attempt to “end my relationship with American football”. He also admitted that what happened in 1991 was “a shameful moment and one I regret to this day”.
The USMNT now has two friendlies coming up in late January, both of which will be coached by interim manager Anthony Hudson.
The head coaching role appears to be in place and there is an opportunity for Mourinho to add some international trophies to his CV.