The most important dynamic to take into account when assessing where Jose Mourinho will work next is to suss out whether he is willing to adapt the management style that he has perfected over the last 15 years or whether at the age of 53, he is stuck in the ways to which he has become accustomed.
A key feature of The Special One’s career to date has been his inability to remain at a particular club for any notable length of time.
Mourinho has never completed more than three seasons at a team as a manager and former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele once hinted at a possible reason why:
“During that third complete season under his control, I was stunned to see how Mourinho forgot the value of his players and claimed all the credit for everything.
“To him, individuals didn’t make the team work well, his methods did.”
A continuation of this mentality would seemingly fit in well at PSG, where the sole focus is on winning the Champions League, given how wide the gap is between them and their fellow French top-flight rivals.
PSG’s sole European honour of note remains the 1995/96 Cup Winners’ Cup and Mourinho would love nothing more than being the first to provide success at Europe’s top table, while revelling in taking the credit for it.
Meanwhile, his preferred tactical style of prioritising nullifying the opposition over putting the strengths of his own team first arguably works best in Europe, rather than a lengthy league campaign.
If guiding PSG to the Champions League trophy, he would be the first manager to win the competition in any of its previous guises with three different clubs.
This point would also be true at Old Trafford, where he is currently 1/5 favourite to succeed Louis van Gaal, but to really be successful at Manchester United he would need to be the polar opposite boss of what he has been to date.
Much of the criticism previously levied at Mourinho has focused on his inability to bring through youth players at any club he has managed.
Whoever the next Red Devils manager is has the duty of ensuring the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu-Mensah fulfil their undoubted potential.
Doing so and restoring Man Utd as a European football heavyweight will additionally need time. It’s not a project that is guaranteed to be fixed in a three-year period.
Finally, the Old Trafford faithful demand attacking football, alongside positive results. Mourinho’s focus is generally more on keeping clean sheets over a free-scoring mentality.
After the failures of David Moyes and Van Gaal at Man Utd, Mourinho will struggle to completely strike out if appointed as the successor to the latter.
There is no doubting that the gains of bringing back success and the shift in approach that will required to do so will enhance Mourinho’s attacking legacy the most, from one which is already steeped in accomplishment.