Former Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke said it was hard to characterise Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United as being a “failure”. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA via AP

Clubs will be lining up to speak to “serial winner” Jose Mourinho after his sacking at Manchester United, his former assistant Steve Clarke has said.

United sacked Mourinho on Tuesday after suffering their worst start to a season for 28 years, and replaced him with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the current Premier League campaign.

“I’m sure he won’t be short of offers, that’s for sure,” Kilmarnock boss Clarke, who was Mourinho’s assistant during Chelsea’s league title wins in 2005 and 2006, told Sky Sports.

“He’ll look at the market in the future, and I’m pretty sure one of the top clubs in Europe will come calling soon and offer him another job.

“He’s a serial winner.”

Clarke said it was hard to characterise Mourinho’s tenure at United as being a “failure”.

“He won three trophies – the Community Shield, the Europa League, the League Cup – so it’s three trophies more than Liverpool in the same period, more than Tottenham,” Clarke added.

“So, was he a failure or was he not a failure? I’m not sure. He finished second last year.”