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Benfica set to approach Jose Mourinho over potential rapid return to management

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Mourinho managed United for two and a half seasons (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho could be set for a quick return to management with Benfica reported to be considering his appointment.

Despite back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, Benfica fired manager Rui Vitoria on Thursday after a poor run of results which sees them sit seven points behind league-leaders Porto in fourth spot.

According to The Times and Portuguese newspaper Record, Benfica are considering re-hiring Mourinho for the remainder of the season to fill Vitorias void and help steady the ship in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Benfica was the first club that Mourinho managed, taking the helm at the Águias between September and December in 2000. He won six of his 11 games while in charge, drawing three and losing two.

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Ever since Mourinhos first appointment at Benfica nearly 20 years ago, his longest period out of management was between managing Chelsea the first time and then taking the reigns at Inter Milan, where he enjoyed a nine month gap between the two jobs.

This hints that the 55-year-old manager could be inclined to return to Benfica as he is never out of a job for too long.

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Mourinho pictured above in the Benfica dugout (Picture: Allsport UK /Allsport via Getty)

However, Record also reports that any deal for Mourinho may struggle to get beyond initial discussions as his wages are likely to be a stumbling block.

The media outlet state his €15m net per season he received at United could be too much for the club to match to lure him back to Lisbon.

Mourinho was relieved of his managerial duties as the Manchester United on December 18, 2018 after winning just seven of the clubs 17 Premier League games this season.

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