Self-proclaimed “Special One” Jose Mourinho has been appointed the new manager of Chelsea on a four-year deal.
Mourinho will be officially presented on Monday in a press conference, but chief executive Ron Gourlay confirmed today that Mourinho has joined the London club and is their new manager. Gourlay had this to say:
“I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate … It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that … He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.”
So the controversial Portuguese whirlwind is back at the club where he arguably made the biggest impact. Mourinho’s stint in Madrid hasn’t quite worked out to plan and although he did win the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, there is feeling in certain circles that Mourinho may just have lost some of that luster that he had a few years ago.
The other stumbling block for Mourinho on his return to Stamford Bridge, as I’ve previously stated here, is that he may find it more difficult to attract the megastars he was used to at Real Madrid as Roman Abramovich needs to limit the wage bill due to new forthcoming financial constraints.
This would mean everyone expecting Mourinho to win the Premier League in his first year may be in for a massive shock.