There is a high chance he’ll end up back at his former club, with reports he has even struck an agreement with Roman Abramovich.
It would very lucky for the Portuguese coach because he may just need Chelsea more than they need him.
He’s almost relying on it because most of the major jobs around Europe have all been taken care of; Pep Guardiola has gone to Bayern Munich, David Moyes has gone to Manchester United and Carlo Ancelotti is yet to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea would take him back in a heartbeat because he’s a very good coach but Mourinho is almost counting on the fact he’s going to be unrivalled in being offered that job.
Any of the big clubs that were available could have gone out of their way to go after him, but may have been put off by his arrogance and personality.
He’s relying on Chelsea to play to those personality traits, which have prevented him from getting other big jobs. He’s almost putting all of his eggs into one basket, hoping that Chelsea ignore the problems which were created between him and Roman Abramovich the first time he was at the Bridge.
The other factor which suggests he needs the club more than they need him has been demonstrated by Rafa Benitez’s success this season.
Ever since Mourinho originally left Chelsea, there has been a very high turnover of managers at the Bridge but they have achieved regular success throughout that period.
In effect, Chelsea have an infrastructure and a team which has proven to be good enough to win silverware even under a manager, predominantly hated by a small section of the club’s supporters.
That guarantee of success means that it doesn’t really matter who’s in charge, Chelsea know they are going to be competing to win every trophy alongside all of their main rivals.
If many Chelsea fans had their way this season, Roberto Di Matteo would still be in the job. It’s only the negativity created towards Benitez which has prevented any chance of him staying on, ushering in the next Mourinho era.
Mourinho is going to end up back at Chelsea and he will drive them onto silverware next season, with many tipping them to be favourites for the Premier League title.
However, that doesn’t detract from the fact he needs them rather than the other way round and while he’ll never admit it, he’s incredibly lucky to walk back into that job unopposed.
How do you think Mourinho will get on second time round?
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