Thursday 22 February 2018 / 11:59 AM

Mourinho Can Complete Chelsea Legacy

The traditional managerial merry-go-round will be dominated by Chelsea FC at the end of the current campaign and the increasing speculation that ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho will return to the Stamford Bridge hot seat for his toughest challenge yet.


With Real Madrid presently on course for a potential Champions League final, memories of Mourinho walking away from Porto immediately after the trophy celebrations could well resurface – only this time it would be more of a case of unfinished business for the Portuguese rather than a pre-planned progressive career move.


Being boss of Chelsea FC seems to bring out the best or worst in certain managers – however this is often overlooked far too quickly as typified by the young and dynamic Roberto Di Matteo, who guided the Blues to European and F.A Cup glory only to be axed months later.


A poisoned, pressured chalice much akin to the England job, many managers would now want to stay well clear of the West London giants with perfection continuously craved by owner Roman Abramovich.


But it is a test which will surely whet the appetite of Mourinho who will be keen to finish what he started at the Bridge a few years ago after winning two Premier League titles.


Although Di Matteo was at the helm for Chelsea’s stunning Champions League success, many fans and players partly accredited the triumph to their former manager who moulded the spine of Chelsea’s team by signing the likes of Petr Cech and Didier Drogba.


A move back to the Bridge would undoubtedly create a media frenzy around Mourinho and the club who appeared tailor made for the charismatic coach back in 2005.


And the prospect of taking Chelsea back to the fore of English football could be too tempting to decline as the appeal and worldwide audience pull of the Premier League keeps expanding.


Under Mourinho, Chelsea enjoyed a period of Premier League dominance which has now been stripped away by the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.


Restoring order will unquestionably require time along with a wealth of expertise and knowledge – but those are attributes which Mourinho possesses in abundance.


And arguably, there is no other manager better equipped to begin rebuilding the heart of the Chelsea side with Frank Lampard and John Terry unlikely to be playing on at the Bridge for much longer.


Mourinho has the guile and man management qualities to also maximise the abilities of players such as Fernando Torres and Ramires, whilst he can develop the likes of Edin Hazard and Victor Moses who have demonstrated massive levels of potential and clearly look booked to be stars of the future for the Blues.


It could be argued that Mourinho has more or less achieved everything in football, but he has yet to leave the kind of legacy established by Alex Ferguson at United.


With the grandest of opportunities seemingly crying out, Mourinho can complete a legacy of his own by moving back to London and the Premier League, emulating Ferguson and locking horns once more with the veteran Scot in the process.

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