Chelsea appointing Mourinho was more desperation than inspiration
Chelsea opinion: The Blues are back to square one after re-appointing Jose Mourinho
As you are surely aware, Jose Mourinho secured his highly anticipated return to Chelsea last week, putting pen to paper on a lucrative four-year-deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese coach has been deemed the greatest manager in the club's history by many, and confirmation of his appointment will have left every Chelsea fan on the planet feeling rather elated.
This, of course, was the man that delivered and retained the club's first league title in 50 years, as well as guiding them to two League Cups and an FA Cup.
The Special One captured the hearts of Chelsea fans in his three-year-stint in west London; his outspoken nature presented in press conferences and interviews was box-office entertainment.
Though it's fair to say this outspoken nature sometimes bounded on controversial, many were left upset and angered in Mourinho's trail. From the famous 'hush' gesture in the 2005 Carling Cup final to describing Arsene Wenger as a 'voyeur', English football sparked to life when this new volatile character entered the fray.
His Chelsea side became the dominant force of English football, the confidence he oozed from as early as his first press conference (I'm sure you remember the catchphrase) was clearly contagious amongst his players as they set records for total points, goals scored and goals conceded in his opening season.
Challenges from the previous season's invincible champions Arsenal and Manchester United were swept aside easily, as the Blues lost just one game in the entire season. When Mourinho was sacked - reportedly - by Roman Abramovich three years on after transfer-related disagreements, he walked out with two league titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup to his name. The Champions League trophy was the only honour he couldn't claim.
Despite the dominance he brought to the club in the Premier League, though, Mourinho's Chelsea never fully captivated the neutrals with their style of play. A winning mentality was installed in the players that would see them grind out results and keep it tight at their own end. This game-plan earned them the title of 'Boring, boring Chelsea'.
After bringing in Andre Villas-Boas, a young manager with bright ideas (it seemed), and being strongly linked with Guardiola, it became well documented that Abramovich was craving tika-taka style football at the Bridge that would leave every football fan purring at mouth-watering displays.
Now after six years and seven managers, Abramovich has reverted back to Mourinho for help, like a lover returning to their ex, yet free-flowing attacking football will not be on the cards. He tried to implement this style at Madrid, which was unorthodox to him, and it showed in his final season.
Abramovich has accepted defeat by turning to Mourinho once again, effectively admitting his mistake. He tried to eradicate the ghost left at Stamford Bridge, but seven he brought in tried and failed to do so. The Russian tycoon never truly got over Mourinho.
After so many unsuccessful attempts to do so, the return of Mourinho is a reflection of Abramovich's desperation.
The reputation and status he earned at the club could well be tarnished if things do not go to plan, and if it does go wrong, how can Abramovich sack him again?
The club appeared to move many steps forward since the Special One's departure six years ago, now we're right back to the start.
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