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Here at Chelsea Headache, we love to welcome guest writers to express their thoughts on Chelsea. Today, we have the great opportunity to host the opinions of a certain @ChelseaRumours:

Thursday, 20th September 2007.

This was the day the world woke up to the news, that José Mourinho and Chelsea had parted company. Having won back-to-back titles, the 2nd and 3rd championships in the club’s history, Mourinho had already cemented a special place in Chelsea supporters’ hearts. However, an indifferent start to the 2007/2008 season that culminated in successive home draws against Blackburn Rovers and Rosenborg became the end of Mourinho’s era at Chelsea. It was to become the start of a season of heartbreaks, as we lost the league cup final to Tottenham in extra time, and then the lowest point in recent Chelsea history – losing to United on penalties, after John Terry slipped and hit the post.

Since, we have enjoyed mixed fortunes and under several different managers. Avram Grant took over immediately after José, but was never seen as a long-term solution by anybody. He was fired immediately after Chelsea’s champions league final defeat.

When Scolari was appointed in July 2008, hopes were again high at Stamford Bridge – but some zonal-marking later and we were managerless once again. Guus Hiddink took over, a favour for his old pal Roman Abramovich, and it was public knowledge that he would only be in charge for the rest of season. He did fantastically well in his brief period as manager, and by the end of his reign, many fans were wishing he would stay. A win % of 73 says it all, just one defeat in his 22 games in charge – and as all Chelsea fans will remember, the win percentage would’ve been even higher had a Mr. Øvrebø not decided to forget to put on his contact lenses when we faced Barcelona at the bridge. (Barcelona then played United off the pitch in the final, and that left all Chelsea fans wondering what might’ve been…) Never the less, Hiddink won us the FA Cup and left with his head held high.

Then came Ancelotti – and boy did we turn on the style in 2009/2010! 103 league goals, one FA Cup and one Premier League title later, and we’d won the first double in the club’s history. However, Ancelotti’s reign came to an end after a trophyless 2nd season, where a winter slump essentially cost us the title – we very nearly won it in the 36th round when we faced United at Old Trafford, but they ran out 2-1 winners and more or less secured the title that day. Fans and pundits alike were outraged when the news broke that Carlo had been fired – and looking back at the 2 seasons that have followed, it probably was a big mistake.

André Villas-Boas was the hottest manager name in the game when we appointed him, but some dreadful man-management skills and drastic tactics soon meant that he was unemployed again. His assistant Roberto Di Matteo, already a name known to the Chelsea supporters of course, took over – and we all know what the lead to. FA Cup glory and a Champions League won through shere determination against opponents who had far better players than us saw Roberto being offered a 2-year contract, which he signed. However, people were already saying that he was just a short-term solution before Abramovich could get his preferred manager in: Pep Guardiola. It proved to be a very short term solution, as we crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages and suffered a few poor results in the Premier League… things seemed bleak…

And then Rafa took over. As much as Chelsea fans unite in glory, here they united in rage. Some went as far as to saying that it was the worst possible replacement for a club legend – and many agreed. Results such as 0-1 at home to QPR and throwing away a 2-goal lead at Reading didn’t help Rafa convince the supporters that he was the right man for the job either, however a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford proved to be the turning point in our season – a few good results later, and Champions League participation as well as the Europa League trophy had been secured. Rafa left, and fans were now wondering who would take charge at the Bridge.

We were all hoping.

We were all dreaming.

But when it finally happened, we couldn’t really believe it. José Mourinho, the man who left Stamford Bridge on that Thursday in September 2007 had returned.

“I had in my career two great passions, Inter and Chelsea, and Chelsea is more than important for me. It was very, very hard to play against Chelsea and I did it only twice which was not so bad so now I promise exactly the same things I promised in 2004, with this difference which is I’m one of you.” – José Mourinho’s first interview during his second reign as Chelsea manager.

In many ways, Mourinho put more effort into this interview than he needed – he had us at ”I’m very happy.” – he’d continue his winning form at Chelsea by winning 2 italian titles with Inter as well as the Champions League, before winning the Copa del Rey and La Liga with Real Madrid. We’ve never doubted his managerial skills, and when Chelsea finally announced his return, my Twitter timeline exploded with happy tweets… After such a season with a manager like Benitez, it’s difficult to remember the last time we’ve all been this happy. (19/05/12)

Furthermore, Mourinho has stated that he’s in it for the long haul this time around. He says he’s much more mature, ready for a different kind of long-term project, where his previous clubs have mostly been about achieving immediate success – which, granted, he has done.

This new project includes establishing a confidence in the young players we have in our squad, a confidence that will see them achieve great things – which talents like Oscar, Eden Hazard and Lukaku as well as our youth players (Chalobah, Baker, Piazon, Aké and Loftus-Cheek spring to mind) are destined for. We might not see immediate success, but at the same time we are only one or two additions away from having a squad that is ready to challenge at the highest level – and I’m sure Mourinho has some players in mind.

Some of the big dilemmas he’ll face though, is whether to keep the likes of Petr Cech and Frank Lampard in our first XI, or whether to replace them with the huge talents that are Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne. While it is always hard enough to just say goodbye to legends like these, they might also be an important part of Mourinho’s plans in terms of the balance of experience and young talent – and it is no secret that these two as well as Terry and Ashley Cole are great friends with Mourinho, and could be vital for him to obtain a ”daddy” status (as Essien has labelled him) for some of our newer additions to the squad who aren’t familiar with José and his training methods.

Additionally there is the question of whether we need to sign another striker, with a big money move for Edinson Cavani being discussed. Romelu Lukaku has publically stated that he’d prefer to be loaned out if we do sign Cavani, as he fears he wouldn’t play frequently. Admittedly at his age, minutes on the pitch are a necessity, and Mourinho must decide if he trusts him to be our first choice striker (or whether Demba Ba or Fernando Torres are good enough for that!)

With André Schürrle all but one foot in Chelsea, maybe Mourinho will think of that as enough goal-scoring talent in the squad, with the likes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard regularly hitting the back of the net – not to mention our defence who scored 27 goals this season, a quite spectacular amount of goals!

Mourinho will have many tasks to face as Chelsea manager, but he is up for the challenge – in fact he stated in his first interview that ”he wishes they’d start tomorrow.” while recognising the fact that the players obviously need a holiday. He’s determined, he’s got a plan and he’s at home here, so why shouldn’t it work out? It will most likely be a different story, but he has already said that himself as well – this is a new project, hopefully a long term one. Ultimately, this is what all Chelsea fans wanted to hear, many have screamed out for stability since Mourinho’s first reign as Chelsea manager, and is there anyone we’d rather have in charge of a long-term project Chelsea than The Special One? I doubt it.

He is one of us.

*This post was written a week or so ago so some topics such as Schürrle signing have now developed

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Mourinho – What We Can Expect

Posted: June 20, 2013 by GaryCRobertson in Chelsea, England, Guest, mourinho, Preview, Transfers, Youth

José Mourinho is back. Four words that mean the world to (most, if not all) Chelsea fans. He’s back, alive and kicking. Is anybody disappointed by his appointment? I think not. Truly wonderful, delightful news.

Mourinho has already excited us before stepping out into the dugout, even possibly before meeting some of the newer players who weren’t around in his previous stint, just because it’s him. The icing on the cake after his arrival was the Chelsea TV interview that accompanied the news. He is “very happy” to be back. “It was an easy decision to make” for him. “I’m one of you.” And perhaps, the best quote of the lot was when he explained he is ready to “be in a club and stay for a long time.” What is there to not like about all that? He’s certainly saying the right things. Can he put them into practice?

So, what does Mourinho mean to us? Well, I took to Twitter recently to pose that question, a one word summary if you will, and this is what was said:

[José Mourinho is] special, bolshy, resurrected, unbeatable, panache, unique, charismatic, brilliant, mentor, pioneer, class, genius, king, boss, perfect, blue, outspoken, humorous, master, accomplished, matured, outspoken, thorough, unforgettable, sly, absorbing, winner, unrelenting, defining, motivator, homely, Daddy, notRafa (ha), alien (?) and God. That just about covers it all really. (How would you describe him? Let us know below. Thanks to all who participated)

Chelsea Headache are also very privileged to welcome the views of some guest writers today regarding Mourinho’s return:

@ChelseaActivity: It was a fairytale with a sore ending last time around, but Mourinho has returned, making the huge statement that is, “I am one of you”.

Lots have changed since 2007 for both parties – Mourinho has returned a more mature, experienced manager than the fresh-faced, ‘arrogant’ and ‘Special One’ he was before, although I’m sure he’s still special. While the club hasn’t just settled for what they had, Chelsea’s facilities have evolved, the youth team is stronger than ever, producing some of the best talent and they’ve even upgraded their silverware collection in recent years.

Although what hasn’t changed is the world-class ability Mourinho has as a manager, and that is something Chelsea haven’t had (arguably) since the brief days of Carlo Ancelotti.

For this time around to work, Mourinho needs to be given time in order to succeed in abundance. The players need stability and the club needs to afford ‘The Special One’ more time, and not jump to conclusions after a string of bad results.

José is an honest man, and when he makes a statement, he often follows through with it – he nodded and approved bringing through homegrown players. He’s learned a lot in 6 years, and so have the club, which is why I think those asking for players produced by the club to be given more opportunities, will have something to smile about in the future. And those just wanting silverware…I’m pretty sure you’ll have something to smile about, too.

@ChelseaChadder: Brash, confident, cocky, arrogant and special. All words most people would associate with the new Chelsea manager. However, will it be the same the second time round? My feelings are they won’t.
 
I believe Jose Mourinho has matured. He is still as confident as ever although seeks a new challenge. Can he guide the blues back to Premier League glory in the next couple of years? Of course he could with the aid of Roman’s money, but I don’t think that’s his intrinsic motivation. My feeling is that he wants to build a club, a future and a legacy for CFC, one to rival the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. Surely that has to be the new goal of the ‘Special One’.

@ChelseaAnalysis: Jose Mourinho is the best manager on all levels for the club, the fans and the players. He has instantly unified the club and repaired the broken interindividual bonds/connections that have formed as a result of the suffering the club had gone through over the past half-a-dozen years since his abrupt and sudden departure which left Chelsea in a state of insecurity and managerial instability. His appointment restores the club a sense of security and provides it with a massive morale and confidence boost, from the fans, to the players, to the higher positions in the board. Jose seems to be extremely delighted and genuinely chuffed to be back in a job that was always his, in his opinion at least, and the reasons for that are clear; he’s back home, a place where, above anything else, he is loved and respected. There’s a feeling that this job, and the size and nature of it, is only, and always was, for one man – him. He has an excellent relationship with the fans which he had earned during his first time in charge, as he has with the players. As a result of the past he has with the club, this time he steps into his managerial position not only as a man willing to prove himself and do what he is asked or paid to do, but also, more maturely, as a fan of the club itself which ensures that he will be performing his job with pure passion, devotion and determination as well as the desire for success, with the club’s best interests at heart.

He is a man driven by his winning mentality and valuable experience and will provide his players with the motivation and fighting spirit needed to achieve success. A wise man as himself is fully aware of the new modern approach he has to adopt this time with regards to a young squad and will give each player a specific role in the team and the chance he deserves, nurturing talents and guiding the young stars through progress and development for the future and aiming for long-term sustainability and stability upon which all of that is based. He knows the club perfectly and is tactically astute by nature and has been given all kinds of top resources to proceed with along with the guarantee for more to build a world class complete team. Jose Mourinho is tireless and very demanding of himself, which fits perfectly with the club’s ambition and constant high-standard demands of success; he’s part of the club and will build a dynasty into the future.

@TekkaBooSon: I have to say, in the months leading up to us announcing a new boss, I didn’t want Jose back at Chelsea. At least, not during this forever on-going ‘transitional’ period we seem to have been in since about 2009. I had reserved judgement on whether Jose was the right man for the job, especially as I think our priority now should be bringing through talented youth players like Josh McEachran (who everyone who follows me knows I am a huge fan of), Nathaniel Chalobah and the talented youth we have out on-loan like Courtois, De Bruyne and Lukaku. I also questioned how long he would be in charge for, as the last thing we need is another managerial change in 2 seasons. We need stability; something we haven’t had since Jose was in charge (albeit only for 3 seasons or so..).

Despite all these doubts and reservations, I am absolutely delighted to have Jose Mourinho back as our manager. It feels like it’s Chelsea again and it’s the most optimistic I’ve been about our future since AV-B took charge. I must admit I haven’t been a fan of any of our managers excluding AV-B since Jose left; Ancelotti was a yes man and a pushover, Di Matteo was tactically inept, I didn’t see a future with Scolari and Grant and Hiddink were obviously always going to be short-term appointments. I am looking forward to enjoying wins again, as opposed to under Benitez where I struggled to even watch our games.

Since Jose has taken charge, he has been saying all the right things; he seems to want to develop the young players we already have rather than spending big like he has done previously. I’ve read numerous quotes suggesting he wants to build a legacy here and stay for a long time, though to be honest I’d be very happy with 5 years with Jose at the helm.

To sum up, I cannot wait for next season. I can’t wait to be able to enjoy watching my Chelsea again, and I fully believe this next era at our beloved club will be the best yet.

Mourinho has returned, and Chelsea are back!

I think it’s fair to say, we are all somewhat buzzing about all this Mourinho stuff. The possibilities for development seem unlimited with potential and riddled with success. This time next season, Chelsea will be a somewhat different team.
Thanks to all the guest writers for their time and opinions for this post. For the record, some opinions were written before Mourinho’s interview on 10th June 2013.
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