It is official, José Mourinho has returned. The man whose first press conference in England saw him famously describe himself not as “the special one”, as the press claimed, but “a special one“.

Back for Mour | José Mourinho is back. (Image | The Mirror)

Back for Mour | José Mourinho signed a four-year contract with Chelsea on Monday to return as manager after a six-year absence. (Image | The Mirror)

However, as Mark Twain said: “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” For Mourinho returning to Chelsea on Monday is a very good story indeed.

As the most successful manager in the club’s history, adored by the fans and one of few men to win the treble, with Inter Milan, and lift the European Cup twice, what could possibly go wrong?

For a start, Mourinho leaves Real Madrid after a mixed spell at the Santiago Bernabéu. On the one hand, he won the Spanish giants their first league title in four seasons, picked up a then-record points total and almost certainly played a part in Pep Guardiola’s departure from Barcelona.

Yet he failed to win “La Decima”, which was the sole reason for Mourinho taking charge of Los Blancos. The Portuguese was also a divisive influence in Spain, falling out with executives and players alike.

During a 4-2 victory for Real over Osasuna, the fans were split, with some singing the boss’ name, and others chanting: “Hasta nunca, Mourinho”. Roughly translated, this means: “Good riddance, Mourinho”.

For some Chelsea supporters, this may be eerily similar to Mourinho’s last few weeks at the club in the autumn of 2007, when he fell out with certain players, the loyalty of the British tabloid press towards him was waning, and Mourinho became more trouble than he was worth. No longer a big mouth that won trophies, he was just a big mouth.

Even more telling, however, is that in a summer with the biggest managerial turnover in recent memory, Mourinho was nearly left on the shelf. Vacancies at Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Napoli, Inter Milan and Manchester City came and went.

Not one of these clubs showed much interest. While the narrative will be that the lure of past success was too strong to resist, Chelsea appeared to be the last cab out of the rank for Mourinho.

Similarly to the 50-year-old, it was known that Chelsea would be in need of a new manager for months. Nevertheless, the queue of potential suitors was barely a queue at all.

When linked with the club a year ago, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers memorably said he was “trying to build his career, and not destroy it”.

Both Chelsea and Mourinho are appealing on the face of it. The Blues are a club bankrolled by one of the richest men in the game, with Roman Abramovich not in football for the money, but the glory. Under his ownership, Chelsea have won six trophies in five seasons, including a memorable triumph in the UEFA Champions League.

WORDS | Words. (Image | Daily Mail)

Power struggle | Mourinho may have been all conquering in the Premier League, but faced challenges on all sides at Real Madrid. (Image | Daily Mail)

As for the man himself, Mourinho has won league titles in four countries, the UEFA Cup, secured two Champions League crowns and forged some of the most impressive teams in the recent history of the game, all while making headline news and being a constant stream of copy for journalists.

Despite this, Chelsea is not always a healthy working environment, and this is down to Abramovich. He is not only wealthy but demanding and temperamental in his decision making.

His trigger-happy style was brilliantly lampooned by journalist Iain MacIntosh in this article. Indeed, it is true that Abramovich acts like a toddler at times, enjoying building the sandcastle, but taking great pleasure in destroying it.

While Mourinho brings a proven track record of success, his methodology is making it tougher for the ends to justify the means.

The team spirit that was often the strongest aspect of his Chelsea and Inter squads was completely absent at Real, and his penchant for mischief making was no longer seen as part of his managerial armoury, but the behaviour of a habitual troublemaker.

Neither party offers any constancy or security, and the football world has finally realised that. The erratic and tempestuous past of both Mourinho and Abramovich means that they are looked upon as two alluring but volatile suitors that have ended up getting back together, simply because they have nowhere else to go.

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