After leading Benfica to back-to-back Portuguese championships for the first time in over two decades, picking up four other domestic trophies during his six years at Estadio Da Luz, and reaching two Europa League finals, it’s hard to know what else Jorge Jesus has to do to be linked with a top job.
Maybe Jesus isn’t mentioned when gossip columns do the rounds for next bosses because of his occasional crazy antics, like in last season’s Europa League last-16 first leg against Tottenham, when the now-60-year-old famously wound up former Lilywhites chief Tim Sherwood during a 3-1 win.
Perhaps that’s not the case. Maybe Jesus has made it known he won’t be leaving Lisbon any time soon. He’s certainly doing a helluva job there.
In fact, after living in Porto’s shadow on and off the pitch for the best part of a decade, the Eagles have stolen the Dragons’ clothes over the past 24 months.
Like their celebrated brethren, Benfica have to survive by making a profit on player sales, with Lazar Markovic, Ezequiel Garay, Oscar Cardozo and Jan Oblak let go last summer for combined fees of over £40m.
Plugging the spot left in goal by the latter with free transfer Julio Cesar was a particularly shrewd move by Jesus – the former Brazil number one has gone unbreached in each of Benfica’s last five games, including against Porto.
Sales of other big-name stars, such as Nemanja Matic, Axel Witsel, Javi Garcia, Fabio Coentrao, David Luiz and Ramires, have brought in bumper profits for the club under Jesus’ rein, yet Benfica continue to be competitive year on year.
This cannot have gone unnoticed at the continent’s elite outfits, but barring a tenuous link to the as-yet-unavailable Real Madrid hotseat in recent days, there’s not a lot of love out there.
The black and yellow boys at bwin rate Jesus’ chances of taking over from Manuel Pellegrini in the Manchester City hotseat at 40/1, which pretty much tallies with the rest of the industry but doesn’t make sense considering the likes of Alejandro Sabella, Brendan Rodgers and Slaven Bilic are all shorter.
West Ham are increasingly likely to require a new gaffer before too long, with a number of media sources suggesting Sam Allardyce will get the chop after his side’s last games of the season, away to Newcastle.
The Irons’ throne is set to become a much softer seat over the next few seasons, with West Ham moving from their Boleyn Ground home to the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Jesus is a 14/1 outsider to be their next boss. The Davids Gold and Sullivan could do worse than sound him out.