Hark back to the summer of 2004. Chelsea had been taken over by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich the previous summer , and manager Claudio Raneiri had just been sacked following a second place finish in the league behind the “Invincibles” of Arsenal. Many Chelsea supporters were left wondering as to why the drastic action was taken after a successful campaign. Little did they know that the appointment of their next manager would be the start of something beautiful for the club.
Cue the arrival of “The Special One” from Porto in the form of Jose Mourinho. Having won the Champions League with Porto the previous season, Mourinho was already a famous name, but none of the Chelsea fans even in their wildest dreams would have predicted what finally unraveled before their eyes.
His first campaign saw him win the Premier League and the League cup, thereby ending a half century wait at Stamford Bridge for the league title. His team broke several records on the way, accumulating a highest ever points total of 95 and conceding the lowest ever total of goals in a Premier league season at 15. The next season he again won the title at a canter. His third season saw him claim the League Cup and the FA Cup. What seemed unthinkable to even the most ardent of Chelsea supporters half a decade ago was finally unfolding. Chelsea had become one of the biggest forces in world football.
After leaving in 2007 due to persistent disagreements and friction with Abramovich , Mourinho returned again in 2013 on a four year deal and ended Chelsea’s five year wait for the title last season. Adored by his club’s supporters and considered by contemporaries as one of the best ever managers in the game , Mourinho is targeting to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.
If reports in The London Evening Standard are anything to go by, the Chelsea fans are in for a wonderful treat as it has been claimed that their wily manager has now committed his long term future to the Blues by agreeing terms on a new four year deal which will see him remain at the helm at least until 2019.
The news will come as music to Blues’ faithful ears , who absolutely love the 52 year old Portuguese as one of their own . Mourinho , for his part , will be looking to triumph over Europe with the Blues, something that he has previously done with Inter and Porto but failed to achieve with Chelsea.
Perhaps now might be the time that he finally lands the “holy grail” at the Blues.