Chelsea to go back for Mour?
Why an emotional return to Chelsea for Jose Mourinho isn't in the best interests of either party
With strong rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a move back to former club Chelsea, here's why the appointment will make no sense for the ever so ruthless Roman Abramovich.
An overhaul of the Chelsea squad that comprised of bringing some of the world’s brightest young talents to the club, with Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard all moving to Stamford Bridge in recent times, Abramovich has tried to replicate the irresistible attacking brand of football demonstrated by Barcelona.
The well-publicised courtship of Pep Guardiola was framed in a way that the players bought were being treated as a red carpet for his arrival. However, things didn't go to plan as Pep opted to join Bayern Munich - a club where he will get much more freedom to express his ideas and, of course, buy the players of his choice.
This snub puts Abramovich in a tough position - he lacks a world class manager who is capable of leading the Blues back to the pinnacle of English football with the attractive attacking football he so dearly craves, with Rafael Benitez proving he isn't the man for the job.
The sacking of Roberto Di Matteo was and remains one of Abramovich's worst decisions. The Italian tactician was playing a flowing brand of attacking football, suiting his demanding owner's style and at the same time, kept senior pros such as Frank Lampard and John Terry happy.
Whether he was lucky in winning the much coveted Champions League shouldn’t have been the focal point of any judgment whatsoever. Now that the parting of ways with Benitez is almost inevitable, considering the lack of positive results and the psychological affect it has on the players, one manager who comes into the frame is none other than the 'Special One' - Jose Mourinho.
If anything, should Mourinho return to the club which made him an English champion, this would be a backwards step for Chelsea and the Real Madrid manager.
With Mourinho, Chelsea will return to the stubborn defensive displays he brings to the team, not to mention the lack of flair going forward. With Mourinho, the arrogance will return and his sub-sequential demand of having the maximum power over footballing matters (which some might say is what a manager should expect), will only lead to conflict between him and the club hierarchy.
The return of Mourinho, although as spectacular as it may sound, may coincide with trophies returning to the Bridge, but he will demand a substantial war chest in the transfer window, and those funds would only be used to buy players who can fit into his strategy of being a stubborn defensive coach with an emphasis on counter attacking play.
Although his Real Madrid sides over the past three seasons have been scoring lots of goals, the nature of the game in England could avoid making The Blues an all out attacking side. His defensive strategies will eventually be used to grind out tough victories over teams like Swansea, Stoke and West Ham, but this alone will not keep Abramovich happy.
In all possibilities he should not and will not fall into the fans’ calls for the return of the 'Special One'. The only thing that possibly needs to be changed is the power of decision making of transfers and the style of play should be left to the manager.
When selecting the next person to attempt to restore Chelsea to former glories, Abramovich should employ a man he trusts to have total control over footballing decisions, as this is the best chance the west London outfit have of winning trophies. However, since the chances of that happening are extremely slim, so too are the chances of Mourinho returning.
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