Special love for Jose at Chelsea

Thursday 6th June 2013 12:05

Jose Mourinho: Has delighted the Chelsea fans by returning to Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho: Has delighted the Chelsea fans by returning to Stamford Bridge

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FanZoner Dylan Clive is delighted by Jose Mourinho's return and believes the Special One has brought a fear factor back to Chelsea.

Many of the greats have done it; from Jesus to Gary Barlow, the long-awaited return and dramatic comeback can be a defining moment in a career. Now, I'm not trying to depict Jose Mourinho as a divine figure or closet 'Take That' aficionado but this is the return of the self-proclaimed 'Special One' and as a Chelsea fan, I hope he really is Back For Good.

The list of managers to have succeeded Mourinho since his departure in 2008 is an astonishing assembly of names that if substituted into Lou Bega's classic would make a slightly disturbing alternative to Mambo Number 5.

No less than seven coaches have filled the Chelsea hot-seat in that time but no one has been able, or should I say, given enough time, to make the sort of impression that Mourinho did.

Back-to-back Premier League titles made Jose a legend at the Bridge and his reappointment gives hope of another challenge. Even before taking a training session, the presence of the Portuguese tactician has been felt; the fear factor of a side with Mourinho at the helm has already seen Chelsea's title odds slashed.

Despite the troubles at Real Madrid, Mourinho's man-management skills will be vital in injecting an uncompromising self-belief into a young squad with huge potential. His ability to get the most of the team is in part down to the strong relationship that he builds with the players; hard-man Michael 'Bison' Essien is so smitten he refers to him as 'Daddy'.

The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson has left a hole in the Premier League that may never be filled but no matter your opinion of Mourinho, his presence in the dugout will be a welcome boost to English football.

He is widely criticised for his touchline behaviour, arrogance and meddling mind games but he provides an entertainment factor like no other. The impulsiveness and passionate recklessness is at times an ugly side-effect of the man but he is a proven winner with a world class track record and Chelsea fans are delighted to welcome him home.

Strengthening will be done in the summer with several big-name signings expected but be mindful of the rumour mill, which until September 1 will create enough hot air to fly a Zeppelin. Putting the millions to one side, arguably the most intriguing aspect of the Mourinho appointment is how the exciting youth prospects will be used, if at all.

Many fans would relish a chance to see Romelu Lukaku in action in a blue shirt after his explosive season at West Brom and it would be fantastic to see the introduction of some young English talent, perhaps in the form of Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah who impressed during loans at Middlesbrough and Watford respectively.

On paper, the admiration and trust that Mourinho retains with the old guard at Chelsea should allow for a smooth football transition, reducing the reliance on the likes of John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard and presenting more opportunity for the next generation.

However, critics will tell you that Jose is about immediate success and quick fixes through big money transfers. They would also have dismissed the possibility of him winning the league in his first season back in 2004.

Naturally, the jury will be out on Mourinho and whether he can maintain healthy relations with 'the boss', Roman Abramovich; whether he can bring success through attractive, attacking football; and whether he gives academy players a chance at the top level.

Time will tell but right now Chelsea fans should be forgiven for celebrating the return of the 'Special One' and hoping that this could be the start of a lengthy period of stability.

This is a love affair that makes 'The Notebook' look like a black comedy and whether it results in a marriage made in heaven or a messy fall-out, it's going to be emotional.

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