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José Mourinho confirmed as Chelsea manager

José Mourinho confirmed as Chelsea manager … for a second time


Aw, I just realised both of them are returning :)


José Mourinho has been appointed Chelsea manager for the second time after signing a four-year contract with the club. Mourinho, reunited with the club he professes "to love", completed the formalities of his protracted move after flying into London on Monday following his final game in charge of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu at the weekend, and will be officially unveiled by the club next Monday.

The Portuguese led Chelsea to two successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 but left the club in 2007 after three hugely successful years with a win ratio of 71%, following the breakdown in his relationship with the club's owner, Roman Abramovich.

Mourinho brings with him assistant coaches Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais, with the current coaching staff members Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones remaining in place.

A club statement said: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as first team manager. Mourinho has signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007."

The club's chief executive, Ron Gourlay, added: "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."

Mourinho departed Chelsea six years ago and since leaving Stamford Bridge the 50-year-old has taken charge at Internazionale, where he won Serie A twice and the Champions League, before winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Madrid in Spain.

He takes the reins from Rafael Benítez, whose appointment as interim manager was a contentious move by Abramovich following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, although Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season and won the Europa League.

The official website of the Premier League inadvertently published a story on Sunday confirming Mourinho's appointment, and although the article was published in error his arrival has been expected for a number of weeks.

Before he left Spain Mourinho told the TV show Punto Pelota: "I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that. Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you."

His arrival has been welcomed by the majority of Chelsea supporters and he will now begin preparations for their summer tour of Asia which begins on 17 July. The former defender Ron Harris believes Mourinho's return, with a few shrewd signings in the transfer window, could see the club become a "major force" once again.

"If he was to come back to Chelsea again, and with one or two adjustments to the squad they will be a major force, challenging for all the major honours again next season," said Harris. "If you look defensively, they are quite sound, maybe they will be bringing in another full-back, then a midfield player and another striker or wide player, that would give Chelsea an awesome squad of players."

Ray Wilkins, the former Chelsea assistant manager, added: "The people at Chelsea absolutely adore the guy so I don't see where he is going to have too many problems. The supporters love him to bits, he wants to be loved and he's going back to the best place where he possibly could."

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