Long tenure would break with habit

Frank Dalleres
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LOVE him or loathe him, the return of Jose Mourinho to English football, and particularly Chelsea, where passions for him run highest, is sure to be eventful.

There will be success. It is almost impossible to envisage a man who has won seven league titles and two Champions Leagues in 11 years not bringing more glory to Stamford Bridge.

There will also be off-field entertainment galore. Mourinho has a knack for igniting rivalries, while his soundbite-peppered statements are as integral to his persona as a thirst for trophies.

Yet it is hard to escape the feeling that we may be counting down to another acrimonious exit. Despite huge success, his last three jobs have been short and, in the end, less than sweet.

Mourinho had power struggles at Real Madrid but will not be able to outmanoeuvre Roman Abramovich, who has proven his grip on Chelsea with their frequent changes of manager.

Perhaps this time will be different, but, to borrow the marriage analogy the Portuguese himself used yesterday, history suggests his second spell in charge may be tempestuous and inspire yet greater devotion, though short on anniversaries.

Frank Dalleres is Sports Editor of City A.M. @frankdalleres

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