Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal to return as Chelsea manager
FIVE years, eight months and 14 days after his glorious three-year spell in charge came to its abrupt end, Jose Mourinho swept back into Chelsea yesterday and declared this time he is here to stay.
The 50-year-old has never spent more than three years at the same club, but has penned a four-year deal to rekindle his love affair with the Blues and insists the two parties are ready to “marry” again.
Mourinho left Real Madrid under a cloud on Saturday after guiding them to a second place finish in La Liga, a hefty 15 points behind champions Barcelona, and fell out with a number of key players along the way.
By contrast, the charismatic Portuguese manager is hero worshipped in west London by Chelsea fans, having guided the club to back-to-back Premier League title successes in 2005 and 2006, and is ready to pick up where he left off after repairing his fractious relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.
“We are getting together at a great moment for us both, so I think we are ready to marry again and be happy and successful,” said Mourinho. “I asked the boss [Abramovich] ‘do you want me back?’ and the boss asked me ‘do you want to come back?’ and in a couple of minutes the decision was made.
“I’m much more mature with a different approach to things. I’m more ready to be in a club and stay for a long time.
“This is the first time in my career that I’ve arrived at a club that I already love. To be at the same time a Chelsea fan and a Chelsea manager is a new feeling for me and it’s a fantastic feeling.”
Upon Mourinho’s previous arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004 he declared himself “a special one” having won the Champions League with Porto the previous season.
He then embarked on a £90m spending spree, buying eight players including goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Didier Drogba, and clinched five major trophies before his departure in 2007.
Since then, Chelsea have recruited and dismissed seven permanent managers, despite securing six pieces of silverware, including European trophies in each of the last two seasons.
However, their recent failure to mount a Premier League title challenge has been met with unrest, but Mourinho insists he will not need to spend millions to get Chelsea back to the top of the table.
“People are already thinking about how many millions Chelsea are going to spend, and when I say improve the team I am saying improving by work,” he added. “First of all I need to work with them. I like the fact we have three, four or five players from the beginning of the winning at Chelsea and I think they have to be always a part of the Chelsea soul.
“But the profile of the younger players, with long-term space for improvement and development, I like very much that kind of profile.
“I’ve come with a four-year contract so with the age of Eden Hazard, Oscar, David Luiz and these boys, I think it will be good for me to work with them and good for them to work with me.”
Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one
Look, I’m a coach; I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality, there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real
For me, pressure is bird flu. I’m feeling a lot of pressure with the swan in Scotland. It’s not fun and I’m more scared of it than football
It depends on the quality of the eggs in the supermarket. They are class one, two or three and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. When the class one eggs are not available you have a problem
I would rather play with 10 men than wait for a player who is late for the bus
If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He’s a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal
I think he [Arsene Wenger] is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea
I’m Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my
qualities and my defects
THE SPECIAL ONE’S RECORD
Benfica/Uniao de Leiria
Games: 36 Win ratio: 53%
Games: 127, Win ratio: 71%
Games: 186, Win ratio: 68%
Games: 108, Win ratio: 62%
Games: 189, Win ratio: 73%