Chelsea have announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager. This will be the Portuguese coach’s second spell as manager of Chelsea.
As widely tipped by the media, Jose Mourinho has been appointed the new Chelsea manager. He has been given a four-year contract and will be officially presented in a press conference on June 10. He will replace outgoing interim manager Rafael Benitez, who has taken over the reins at Napoli.
This will be the second stint as manager of Chelsea Football Club for the 50-year old Portuguese coach. His first stint as Chelsea manager was hugely successful in which he delivered 2 Premier League Titles, 2 League Cups and a FA Cup between 2004 and 2007. He left Chelsea after falling out with Russian owner Roman Abramovich but the pair looks to have resolved their differences. He remains very popular with the Chelsea faithful and Blues’ fans will undoubtedly be pleased with his appointment.
Chief executive of Chelsea FC, Ron Gourlay said, “I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate. It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that. He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.”
It is a new look Chelsea squad to the one he left in 2007 but his key players from that squad, such as John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech are still present. It will be interesting to see how Jose makes use of the old guard as well as the talented new crop of players such as Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Ryan Bertrand and Romelu Lukaku. Mourinho will also be looking to restore his pride and reputation at Stamford Bridge after enduring a difficult final year with Real Madrid.