Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has insisted that he wants Jose Mourinho to stay in charge at Stamford Bridge for the next 10 years, crediting the Blues boss with enabling him to run the club in a way no other manager can.
Mourinho has enjoyed a tremendous start the second season of his Stamford Bridge return, with four successive Premier League victories quickly putting Chelsea in the ascendancy in the title race.
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The pressure is definitely on to deliver trophies after last season's tale of so near yet so far, but Gourlay is adamant that he wants Mourinho around for the a full decade and told the Evening Standard he sees no reason why that can't happen.
Gourlay said: “I hope he will stay 10 years. Having the security of Jose is great for me - he knows the club, knows me.
"Jose can deal with the media in a different way from some of the other managers we’ve had.
"He takes the pressure not only away from the players but also from the club. He allows us to manage and me in particular to drive the club forward.”
Chelsea reaping rewards of transfer success
There's no question that Mourinho and Gourlay worked in tandem to make sure Chelsea enjoyed a terrific summer in the transfer market, shipping out Romelu Lukaku, David Luiz and Fernando Torres to make way for La Liga trio Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Cesc Fabregas.
Loic Remy was also signed to leave the Blues possessing the kind of strength in depth in attack the screams title contenders, but now its up to Mourinho and his players to make sure those efforts in the summer are rewarded with silverware.
Gourlay clears feels Mourinho's pulling power helped a concerted recruitment drive during the close season, but it remains to be seen if the Chelsea boss is a man of his word and truly is working towards a full decade of dominance in West London.
Is a decade in charge really feasible?
Mourinho is on record as stating that he's building at Chelsea for way beyond the length of his current four-year contract, but has never stayed in any of his six previous managerial roles for longer than three years.
There's clearly a different air about his return to Chelsea though and their commitment to agreeing long-term contracts for the likes of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois shows that.
All that won't cut Mourinho much slack if the Premier League title isn't recaptured come May though, so it remains a delicate balancing act for Chelsea to find despite their fantastic start to the campaign.
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