It’s taken a while to have confirmed what everyone and their dog already knew, but Chelsea have finally and officially confirmed the appointment of The Special One Jose Mourinho as their new manager. Mourinho has signed a 4 year deal reportedly worth £8.5 million per year, making him the highest paid gaffer in the league. Only 10 days ago, we spoke about the importance of giving Mourinho time to build his own dynasty if and when he returned, and it seems like that is exactly what the man himself has in mind for the club.
In an interview with Chelsea TV, Mourinho was quizzed on his tendency to spend only a couple of years at a club before moving on. When asked whether this had changed and whether he wanted a long-term project, Jose replied
“I hope so. When you look at the profile of the Chelsea squad I think it’s what they need at this time. It’s very important for this club and very important for the balance of the squad, but it’s a young squad with a lot of talent and I think they need stability to reach a high point of their evolution and for their careers.
“They need stability, stability I hope I can give them and between me, the owner and of course the club, we have no doubts about what we want to do and the approach we want to have.
“I am the same, physically the same, but every day you have to think about yourself and about evolution. I have the same nature but 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.”
Mourinho also confirmed that it was not a difficult decision to return to the club he left in 2007. Reports since then have always said that Mourinho’s relationship with Roman Abramovich has soured, but when asked whether it had taken a long time to come his decision, he said it was quite the opposite.
“It was an easy decision. I met the boss, the owner and I think in five minutes after a couple of very short but pragmatic questions we decided straight away. I asked the boss ‘do you want me back?’ and the boss asked me ‘do you want to come back?’ I think in a couple of minutes the decision was made.”
Mourinho will bring some of his backroom staff from Real Madrid with him – namely technical assistant Jose Morais, goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro and fitness coach Rui Farai. It’s not a complete clean out however, with Steve Holland, Chris Jones and Christophe Lollichon remaining at the club. This is wonderful news for all Chelsea fans – most pleasing of all is Jose’s attitude and humility. He is showing great respect to the club, and his talk of a long-term project is hugely encouraging. We all know Mourinho specializes in short-term success, but we need something more substantial than that now.
We need something “Special”, and I think we’ve just found it.