The Portuguese has since been carrying out punditry work, working for Sky Sports this season.
He's been around the block. Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester United - all huge clubs in the footballing world.
But the 56-year-old is now waiting for his next managerial venture, and has been linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job amid heavy pressure and speculation on Mauricio Pochettino's future at White Hart Lane.
But Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed Mourinho turned down a job with the Ligue 1 side after he told the French club, who are now looking for a new manager, that he'd found his next club.
"We had some fairly flattering exchanges over SMS," said the Lyon Preident on discussions with Jose Mourinho.
"It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club."
Mourinho, 56, is the bookies' favourite to land the Tottenham job should Mauricio Pochettino either walk or be shown the door in North London by chairman Daniel Levy.
But what would that mean for his ties with Chelsea?
If Jose Mourinho opted to join Spurs, his relationship with the Stamford Bridge faithful could be over in an instant.
An individual who had the upmost respect amongst the Chelsea supporters nearly shattered his relationship with the fans once when he 'bad mouthed' the club when he took over at Manchester United - but many have now moved on from those days.
But Tottenham? That's a completely different kettle of fish. That would be unforgivable. One of the clubs' biggest rivals. No way. There would be no turning back.
Two stints at Chelsea, multiple Premier League titles and dozens of memories created together would all be forgotten about in a heartbeat.