Following Chelsea's unprecedented 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, Jose Mourinho was moved to bluntly insist that he is still the right man for the west Londoners.
The fact that his position as Blues manager is even in question would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago, but after their worst start to a season since 1988, the Portuguese has come in for heightened scrutiny.
However, the fact of the matter is, despite whatever front he may be putting on, he is right - Mourinho remains to be the man to lead Chelsea forward.
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Perhaps the simplest illustrator of this point is that Mourinho has left the club once before, after which he won a large number of trophies with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and then came back.
Roman Abramovich is a man who does not settle mediocrity, evident from the sheer amount of managers to come and go throughout his reign. If he did not know that the right manager was Mourinho, someone else would be managing the club by now.
Chelsea themselves managed to maintain a healthy level of success in the six-season gap without Mourinho in charge, winning the league and FA Cup double under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 and famously the Champions League with Roberto Di Matteo in 2012, yet in many ways this was due to a resilience instilled in the players during Mourinho's time in charge.
The constant managerial changes meant the spine of the team, of whom were generally the Blues' leaders, were given the responsibility of maintaining continuity.
Key players like John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech were almost player managers throughout that time, which comes as no coincidence given they were all integral to Mourinho's original team.
And they were still important individuals at Chelsea when Mourinho returned in 2013. It was a testament to the job the manager had done in his first period that he returned to a team that was so similar to the one he had left, albeit one coming to the end of its life cycle with a few minor changes.
Throughout Mourinho's absence, Chelsea cycled through so many managers - some better than others, and some winning more than others - without finding the right one, when in fact, there perfect manager was right under their noses the whole time.
For him to come back and regain the Premier League title in his second season appears to confirm this, not least to the Chelsea fans who trust him absolutely.
Of course, results need to improve for Chelsea, but even if the current season ends up as a write off it would be of much greater risk to begin the process again. Mourinho must take responsibility for the poor start to the season and the messy pre-season that preceded it, but he has surely earned the right to have his ups and downs.
This is not Brendan Rodgers, who steered Liverpool to second one time, that we're talking about - this is Jose Mourinho, winner of three Premier League titles.
Mourinho reacted badly to questions about 'third season syndrome' before the Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv and it is true that he has a track record of short-term success before moving on, but Mourinho is building a dynasty at Chelsea - his work is far from done.
With Mourinho's track record of success at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and, to an extent, Real Madrid, the Portuguese would be far from short of suitors should he become available, but for the sake of Chelsea's future as a dominant force in England, this a scenario not even worth considering - yet.
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