Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been talking about who would be his successor at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese boss has ushered through a number of managers in the past, such as Brendan Rodgers, Andre Villas-Boas and Aitor Karanka, but his chosen successor in London was neither of these former understudies.
Infact, the former Real Madrid boss chose current assistant coach Rui Faria as his potential successor at the Blues.
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Faria has been with Mourinho since the Special One was manager of U.D. Leiria in 2001, initially being hired as a fitness coach and working his way through the ranks.
Speaking to BT Sport, he said: "If one day I have to choose my successor, if you want to use that, the one that I really feel thinks like me, is adapted to my way of lead, he’s adapted to my way of coaching, he’s the one with more similarities with me even in some traces of personality, is my assistant, Rui Faria.”
Mourinho's understudies have gone on to have varied success with Rodgers in charge of Liverpool, while Villas-Boas is in Russia after failed spells at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Karanka is currently at Championship favourites Middlesborough and took the club to the play-off final last season.
Faria is yet to part company with Mourinho, but at 40 time is still on his side to fashion his own managerial career. If he displays the same traits as his Portuguese manager then he is sure to have a high amount of success.
CHELSEA HAVE REACTED
It has been a tough couple of weeks for the current Chelsea boss after his sides stuttering start to the new campaign. The public fallout with Eva Carneiro has only intensified his problems.
But since the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City the champions have been sprung into action. Abdul Baba Rahman completed his move to Stamford Bridge and now the Blues look set to sign Pedro from Barcelona.
The two deals certainly don't put an end to all of Chelsea's problems but Mourinho's actions this week show the 52-year-old will not surrender the title without a fight.