Well, here we go again with the manager round-a-bout! It was reported on Tuesday that Jose Mourinho will return to Chelsea as their manager in a four year deal reportedly worth £40 million! After winning two consecutive Premier League crowns, Mourinho was promptly pushed out of the club by the Russian-billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, in favour of Avram Grant.
The Israeli took Chelsea to the Champions League final, which they lost to Manchester United on penalties. Since Mourinho’s sacking in September 2007, Chelsea have had six managers in six years and eight months. After Mourinho’s sacking, Grant was dismissed to be replaced by Guus Hiddink as caretaker manager. Carlo Ancelotti replaced the Dutchman on a permanent basis, but lasted only two seasons, as he was sacked in favour of another Portugese coach, Andre Villas-Boas, in June 2011.
Villas-Boas only lasted nine months before being sacked with Roberto Di Matteo taking over in a caretakers role. Di Matteo guided Chelsea to their first Champions League title and was subsequently made permanent at the end of the season. But, as with his predecessors, the Italian was sacked in November 2012 and replaced by the most hated managers in Chelsea history, Rafael Benitez. The former Liverpool manager was disliked, to say the least, by the Chelsea fans as the frenchman had some rash and nasty things to say during his tenur at Liverpool. And yet again, another Chelsea manager departed at the end of the season.
‘The Special One’, as he calls himself, landed up at Real Madrid, where he master-minded a La Liga triumph ahead of their arch-rivals, Barcelona. But, again, when the going got tough, he ranted like a spoiled brat and decided to leave.
So now he returns to the Blues of London. How long will he last this time if he does not succeed in bringing the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge in the 2013/14 season? Will the board of directors at The Bridge tollerate another mediocre season? Will Mourinho be given another blank cheque book with which to coherse world-class stars to London ahead of the likes of Manchester City? Perhaps.
Manuel Pellegrini has also reported to have a verbal agreement with City regarding the managerial post at the Ethiad Stadium. Pellegrini reportedly stated that he preferred City over Paris Saint-Germain despite the former Malaga coach receiving strong interest from the french club, according to The Independent.
But Mourinho’s return to Chelsea is no real surprise as many pundits have claimed, as has Mourinho, that he would welcome a return to The Blues. Could we see Fernando Torres finally blossom and start to repay the £50 million price tag on his head under the Potugese coach? Mourinho is certainly one of the most astute managers around today, but, as with any spoiled child, when things don’t go his way, he rants and raves, throws his toys, blames everyone else and then ‘buggers’ off somewhere else.
Perhaps ‘The Special One’ will land up returning to Porto in the next two years, where he famously took the club to European success as a young coach a few years back.