Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has revealed that the Blues would be happy to have Jose Mourinho as the club’s manager for the next ten years.
The Portuguese coach is into the second season if his second stint at the club and Gourlay’s comments suggest that the Blues are thinking long term over the boss’ current position.
“I hope he will stay 10 years. Having the security of Jose is great,” Gourlay is quoted by the Daily Star.
So what makes Mourinho ideal for a ten-year stint at the Blues? Here are five reasons.
Mourinho is superb in front of the TV cameras. He can be frosty and engage in mind games with rivals, which deflects attention off of his team. He can also speak warmly and show a side which is more appealing to the football loving public.
That makes him the centre of attention rather than the inadequacies in his side.
He’s arguably the best tactician in English football. When other bosses can’t see a way to address a problem, he’ll think outside the box to achieve a result. The best example is when he used no strikers in the Premier League draw at Manchester United last season.
He gives his players the confidence and self belief that they can be the best in their position in the league.
The best example of this is Cesar Azpilicueta who Mourinho has turned into one of the best left-backs in Europe even though that’s not his natural position and even though the club signed Filipe Luis in the summer.
Mourinho buys well and addresses problems in his first team squad.
He shows great variety on the transfer market and invests in younger players while also buying established stars who can slot into his first team. The best examples are Kurt Zouma, a natural replacement for John Terry, and Diego Costa, who gives the side something they have lacked up front.
Mourinho’s record suggests that if Chelsea give him time and freedom to develop the team, the club will benefit in the form of silverware.
He’s been under pressure anywhere he’s gone during his career but has always delivered trophies. His record proves that if Chelsea give him ten-years, he’ll win plenty of trophies in that time.