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Jose Mourinho: In profile

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After the resignation and retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, there's been huge speculation of how his decision will affect every other team in the Premier League, with a number of England's elite looking to appoint a new manager this summer.

However, there's only one big name on everyone's lips at the moment. It's the alleged return of 'The Special One' to Stamford Bridge that is making headlines and, in the eyes of many, rightly so.

Mourinho began his career with a number of roles at various Portuguese clubs, before being appointed as interpreter for Sporting CP coach Sir Bobby Robson. Robson was sacked by Sporting in 1993, but was quickly snapped up by rivals Porto, with Mourinho making the move with him. After winning an impressive amount of silverware at the club, the duo left for Spanish glory with superclub Barcelona.

After Robson left, he began working with new manager Louis van Gaal. Such was the impression he made on Van Gaal, Mourinho was entrusted with the Barcelona B team, and even the first team in certain competitions, such as Copa Catalunya, which he won in 2000. So even at this early stage in his career he was showing aspects of his now 'god-like' status in the football world.

His managerial break came at Benfica, where he replaced Jupp Heynckes as coach after only four weeks of the 2000/01 Primeira Liga season. Although being successful with the Lisbon-based side, a shake-up at the top saw new club president Manuel Vilarinho refuse his contract extension request.

So, in his typical style, he resigned as Benfica coach, and quickly moved to lesser known side União de Leiria in April 2001. With only seven games left to play, he led the side to a fifth place finish, their highest ever conclusion to a season. His success running into the second season didn't go unnoticed by the better-known clubs.

He made the move to Porto in late January 2002. Under his management, the club finished that season with a record of 11-2-2, promising to make "Porto champions next year". After establishing his key players and bringing in talented signings (Nuno Valente and Paulo Ferreira), he won his first Primeira Liga title in the 2002/03 season, snapping up the Portuguese Cup and the UEFA Cup along the way.

The following season, he led to Porto to Champions League glory, bringing him to the attention of the whole of European football. This was the start of Mourinho becoming a world-renowned manager.

In 2004 he made the biggest move of his career, switching from his Champions League winning Porto side to manage Chelsea. In his first press conference, Mourinho said: "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one," which resulted in the media dubbing him 'The Special One', and the rest, as they say, is history.

In his first transfer window he bought some of the biggest names of the Chelsea era to the club, namely the £24 million signatures of Michael Essien and Didier Drogba. By December, he already had one title under his belt; the League Cup, winning 3-2 against Liverpool at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

He then went on to win Chelsea's first Premier League title in 50 years, securing the record for highest points total (95) and least goals conceded (15). This had already made him a legend at Chelsea, and this was only his first season! Mourinho went on to win a further league title, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup while managing Chelsea, before his resignation in September 2007.

Although he left, causing anger and sadness within the Chelsea camp and for the fans, he was still highly regarded by everyone at the club, still remaining Chelsea's 'Special One' to this day.

He then left for Inter Milan, winning at total of five trophies in two seasons, including 2 Serie A titles and a Champion's League. Real Madrid then won his signature in 2010, however they have seen far less success than at other notable times in his career, only winning three trophies in as many years at the club, finding it difficult to break the stranglehold that Barcelona have over the Spanish game.

A return to Chelsea has always been on the cards. As manager's come and go, fans are yearning for the return of Mourinho. Will they lure this enigmatic figure back to Stamford Bridge? Reports suggest yes, and it looks like a matter of time before the self-proclaimed 'Special One' returns to Chelsea.

 

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