The Special One

24 02 2010

So tonight we finally see the highly anticipated match between Inter Milan and Chelsea, in the Champions League first knock-out round.

But there is just a little more to it than the pride of going through to the quarter finals. We see the charismatic,adored and arrogant Jose Mourinho face his former side since his controversial departure in September 2007.

The Nations Favourite Manager

Jose Mourinho Is The Nations Favourite Manager

Nobody can forget the impact that Mourinho had on the English game. He was a delight for us all. With his cocky nature, desire to use mind games, and his humours comments. Everyone remembers his classic introduction to English football.”Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one”. But he is in the Chelsea folk law for more than just his traits.

He infamously guided the club, under the billionaire owner Roman Ambrovich, to their first league title in 50 years. The success continued as he won the league again the following season, breaking many records along his way. An FA cup and two League cup trophies, along with a solitary community shield, he couldn’t have been more loved.

He broke everyone’s heart when he announced his resignation under mutual consent at the start of the 07/08 campaign. The reason for his departure is still unclear, however interference from the owner and the sporting director Frank Arnesen in transfers, such as the signing of Andriy Shevchenko for a then record fee of £30.8 million from AC Milan is most probable for the outcome.

The Portuguese manager has stated his clear intentions of returning to the British Isles, constantly reminding the press that the Italians are not as easy going and can’t take a joke. He has been linked with a number of jobs. Manchester City still seem unclear as to whether Roberto Mancini is up to the task, and with a clause in his contract stating they can release him this summer, it won’t give him too much confidence. Liverpool are another team linked frequently, especially with Rafael Benitez under increasing pressure. Or perhaps he is biding his time until arguably the greatest manager in the game, Sir Alex Ferguson, finally leaves his post at Old Trafford.

Whatever way, it is evident that he will return, lets jut hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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