Mourinho Is The Only Man Who Can Knock Fergie Off His Perch

After issuing a come-and-get-me plea to Chelsea, Roman Abramovich should listen to both Mourinho and the club’s fans and snap him up before it’s too late.
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After issuing a come-and-get-me plea to Chelsea, Roman Abramovich should listen to both Mourinho and the club’s fans and snap him up before it’s too late.


Having stuttered their way to victory over Sunderland yesterday, the much maligned Rafa Benitez can be forgiven for the team’s lethargic display considering it was their fourth game in eight days. But this hasn’t stopped the Chelsea faithful from voicing their desire for the return of The Special One, and right they are too.

Under Mourinho, Chelsea frequently competed on four fronts and at no point were the terms “tired’ or “low-energy levels” bandied about to cover for poor tactical decisions and performances. For all those who laud Rafa as a strategic genius, his choice yesterday to include Oscar and Mikel at the expense of Lampard and Moses left some wondering if he was Pepe Reina in disguise.

After years of service, Chelsea require surgery to replace the old backbone with a new one. The truth is, no manager has effectively implemented a spine to match Mourinho’s one, which saw the team achieve unprecedented levels of success – including a Champions League trophy last May. Since Mourinho’s departure, managers have either stuck with his winning formula, or failed dismally with their own as Andre Villas Boas did so spectacularly.

Aside from Carlo Ancelotti (who was unfairly sacked) and Roberto Di Matteo (who received his customary applause yesterday), no manager instilled confidence and self-belief in the team like Jose did. During his first two seasons, playing at Stamford Bridge was nothing more than a formality: teams had already lost before they entered the fortress.

What’s more, the Chelsea of old scarcely lacked any ideas, they played with gusto, intent and in the rare event of being challenged, they relied on brute strength to overcome their opponents and force them into submission. Arsene Wenger will attest to the latter. There was none of this namby pamby desire to be the Barcelona in blue ideology, which Mikel seems to have bought into entirely by passing the ball sideways, backwards or indeed any direction other than the opposition’s goal.


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Chelsea have a history of winning and they need a winner to rebuild a team. Mourinho is the man to come in and do just that. And while he’s at it, he should bring Didier Drogba back and retain Frank Lampard in a coaching capacity to help nurture the promising talent at the club. According to the powerful Ivorian, it’s certainly on the table.

“It would be nice, not just coaching but to help the club. For this club I gave everything and of course they gave it back to me. I feel at home when I go to London,” he said.

“When I go to Chelsea's training ground I feel like I can walk around with my eyes closed and know where I am going.”

If Roman Abramovich is to secure the former manager’s services, he must act fast as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are reportedly waiting in the wings, ready to pounce.

Mourinho has stated his love for Chelsea on many occasions and the fans love him dearly, having chanted his name yesterday and in the Europa league tie against Rubin Kazan.

And who knows, if the wily Russian does lure the fans’ favourite back to the Bridge, he may well be in the Queen’s birthday Honours list for services to English football, entertainment and inevitably, knocking Sir Alex Ferguson “right off his fu**ing perch.”