|Mourinho has returned to Chelsea after|
six years away from Stamford Bridge
The Portuguese's return to Stamford Bridge has been touted for some time, but his future has only started to become truly certain in the last month or so, since he admitted that he was not "loved" in Spain in the same way that he was in England.
And that love has certainly lasted among Chelsea fans. And with good reason. Under Mourinho, Chelsea won six trophies in three years, including their first English league title for 50 years. It could even be argued that it was his team, not Avram Grant's, that reached the Champions League final in 2008, despite Mourinho having resigned as Chelsea manager in September 2007 after an indifferent start to the season.
|Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League|
as Chelsea's interim manager in 2012...
|...and Rafael Benítez guided the club|
to the Europa League title a year later
Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England in recent years, and he had been repeatedly named as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, as well as the perpetually unstable Manchester City job. In the end, United went for stability in the form of long-standing Everton manager David Moyes, while City appear set to hire Málaga coach Manuel Pellegrini, Mourinho's predecessor at Real Madrid, in a situation that seems to have worked out well for everyone involved.
|Mourinho has often been|
touted as Sir Alex's successor
|Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp was|
the next favourite to take the Chelsea job
But still, it is Mourinho who will take the reins at Stamford Bridge next season, and with United and City also installing new managers this summer, we are in the unique situation of having last season's top three clubs all with new management. Can the Special One take advantage of Moyes' and Pellegrini's unfamiliarity with their new roles and overhaul the Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League? Next May can't come soon enough!