The 50-year-old has signed a four-year deal to take over at Stamford Bridge and Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais have all joined with the titles of assistant first team coaches. They will work alongside Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones, who have all been retained.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay welcomed the Portuguese coach back via the club’s official website:
“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.”
He will be officially presented in a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Monday the 10th of June and we’ll all be looking forward to seeing what he will have to say, if it’s anything like his first Chelsea presser then we’re in for a treat.
Mourinho joined Chelsea from Porto back in 2004 and won back-to-back Premier League titles in his first two seasons in West London. He also won an FA Cup, two League Cups and a Community Shield.
In 2007 he left Chelsea by mutual consent but I prefer to think that Roman Abramovich just let him go on a six-year holiday. During his holiday Mourinho travelled to Italy and helped Internazionale to two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, a Supercoppa Italia and most crucially a Champions League crown during what was a treble winning season for the Milan club.
Spain was his next destination, to the capital, where he was named as the coach of Real Madrid. His time at the Santiago Bernabeu didn’t go as well as hopes but he won the league with Los Blancos last season, won the Copa del Rey the season before and the Supercopa de España in 2012.
It’s just as well that it did go a little sour for Mourinho in Madrid as it wasn’t only the humbling experience he perhaps needed but probably helped push his decision to come back to a club, a city, a set of fans and a media that appreciates him.
His first game in charge of the Blues will be in Bangkok, Thailand, against the Singha All-Stars.
- There is a full interview with Jose Mourinho on Chelsea TV at 6:30pm this evening, so be sure to catch that.