Why Chelsea must rejects the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge despite temptation 

Chelsea must resist Mourinho’s temptation and stick to the revealed truth about Mauricio Pochettino’s potential sack

Nostalgia is a funny thing. In every aspect of life it is apparent and football is no different.

That is why it comes as no surprise that some Chelsea supporters are calling for Jose Mourinho 3.0. The 60-year-old has just been sacked from his position as manager of AS Roma with the club down in ninth- place in the Serie A table.

Mourinho joined Roma in 2021, spending two-and-a-half years in the Italian capital. He led them to European success in 2022, winning the Conference League and got them to the Europa League final last season where they were beaten by Sevilla on penalties.

So the former Chelsea boss is now a free agent and with some fans more than sceptical over Mauricio Pochettino and his position at the club, the inevitable has happened. Some are calling for Mourinho to be re-hired for a third time.

Roman Abramovich appointed Mourinho in 2004 for the first time after the Portuguese enjoyed success with FC Porto. In his first season with the club, he led them to Premier League success. The Blues picked up – at the time – the most points ever recorded in a single Premier League season with 95 and they conceded just 15 goals.

Chelsea then made it back-to-back league titles the following season. However, in September 2007, Mourinho unexpectedly departed Chelsea by ‘mutual consent’ after a reported series of disagreements with then owner Roman Abramovich.

Spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid followed for Mourinho before he returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013 for his second spell with the west Londoners. “In my career, I’ve had two great passions – Inter and Chelsea – and Chelsea is more important for me,” the ‘Special One’ said upon his return to SW6.

In his first season back at the Bridge, Mourinho led his team to a third-placed finish in the Premier League but looking back at it, he was gearing up for a special 2014/15 campaign. Mourinho brought domestic success back to Chelsea, who lost just three matches all season-long and the boss was named Premier League Manager of the Season.

Just over three months after Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions, Mourinho signed a new four-year contract with the club. But four months after that, he was relieved of his duties after a poor run of form from his side.

More than eight years on from his last departure, and the rumours are back. The inevitable rumours. It feels like as long as Mourinho is still managing at the top level, then he will be linked with a return to Chelsea.

And while I am all for nostalgia in football, I am not for this appointment whatsoever. Chelsea are a completely different club from the last time Mourinho was in charge. Yes, there are arguments to say that they are much worse off at the moment but the new ownership group have different views to Abramovich.

One of the numerous reasons Chelsea ended up appointing Pochettino as head coach last summer was because of his man-management expertise. For all of Mourinho’s qualities and attributes, there have been multiple reports of him falling out with players in the past or ‘hanging them out to dry’. Just see Luke Shaw at Manchester United.

The Blues have an extremely young group of players right now and this would not pass. Not only this, but – and some of you won’t like this – Chelsea still possess a genuine belief that Pochettino is the right man to spearhead the club’s ambitious long-term project.

Pochettino’s side have won four out of their last six matches in all competitions and there have been at least some signs of progress. It has not been perfect, of course, and sometimes he does not help himself with decisions he makes, but there has been a positive run of form nonetheless.

That Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg against Middlesbrough feels significant. While there is no information to suggest it will have a bearing on the Argentine’s future, it feels as if reaching the final of the competition will show a clear sign of progress and in a season full of ups and downs – inevitably – that will be massive for the head coach.

But as it stands, the club have no plans of letting Pochettino go. So even with Mourinho now back on the market, it will not even matter to the Chelsea board.

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