Chelsea have struggled to replace Jose Mourinho ever since his departure back in 2007. Rafael Benitez's woes continue, and the Spaniard has done little to suggest that the job will be his at the end of the current campaign.
It may seem as though Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich can tempt any manager he wants to take charge of his club with his bottomless pockets, but after watching how ruthless he can be with the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo as case in point, there are a number of high-profile managers who may think twice about putting their reputations on the line and taking charge at the Bridge.
They all know that just one single spell of poor results can lead to the chop, and that is too much pressure to put on any new manager, except for one - the 'Special One'.
Mourinho is one of the most talented managers in the game, and his brand of cockiness and arrogance is what is needed at the club. He is one of the few managers that did not allow Abramovich to meddle with team affairs, and when he felt that he lost control, he maintained his dignity and left the club.
Despite their public fall-out, Abramovich and Mourinho have seemingly rekindled their friendship, and rumours continue to resurface about a possible emotional return to Chelsea.
Mourinho's style of play would get the best out of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, and there is no doubt that Frank Lampard's Stamford Bridge career would be extended should Mourinho come in.
The fans have been calling for Mourinho's return ever since the sacking of Di Matteo, and his arrival would reunite a divided club. The question is, can Mourinho emulate the success he enjoyed at Chelsea five years ago, and would he be tempted by an Abramovich reunion?
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