Despite Rafa Benitez's cup success, Chelsea fans are still longing for the day that he will leave the club, with the Portuguese manager their preferred replacement. What, and indeed who, could Mourinho bring to Chelsea?
There is almost a general assumption that Jose Mourinho would be a good appointment at Chelsea this summer, with the Portuguese manager well established as one of the best coaches in the world, and a favourite of the fans at Stamford Bridge. However there are risks to his appointment as well, with his relationship with Roman Abramovich tricky to predict, and the intensity of his press persona likely to land him in hot water regularly.
With that in mind, it is worth looking at the positives he will bring that make the move a good one for Chelsea, and address some of the unfair criticisms that have been levelled at Mourinho in the past.
The first thing to say is, that whilst Mourinho sides are rightly renowned for firstly aiming to get the job done and collect three points, they are never short of goals. His Chelsea team set a Premier League record, which was only subsequently beaten by Carlo Ancelotti's title winning team, and his Real Madrid side hold the La Liga goals record from their title win last season.
Mourinho also brings a unity to the camp, and there would perhaps be no better man to take charge of moving on the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, who have caused trouble when left out of the side by other managers.
Assuming he is given the total control he will demand, Mourinho will also be one manager who will not be cowed by Roman Abramovich, with suggestions that the billionaire's interventions have had a bearing on playing matters over the past few years.
Mourinho is also a draw for plenty of players who Chelsea might look at signing this summer, and a fan of their presumed number one target Radamel Falcao. With Mourinho would come a greater amount of stability at Stamford Bridge, and this will help in the transfer market as well as on the pitch.
The only question would be would Abramovich be prepared to cede so much power to someone else at Chelsea, and if so, how long will he be prepared to cede that power for?
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