Unbelievable: Jose Mourinho is the new Tottenham Hotspur manager. A sentence every Chelsea fan never thought they would hear. But here we are. Does this mean the ex-Chelsea manager’s legacy is dead?
After the shock departure of Mauricio Pochettino from the Tottenham hot seat on Tuesday evening, Daniel Levy moved quickly to bring Mourinho in as the new manager.
Take it back to 2016. Mourinho, despite parting ways with the club for the second time, will have been seen by the majority of Chelsea fans as the greatest manager the club has ever had. A person that almost with an untarnishable legacy.
Three Premier Leagues, three League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield. The Special One. He was so passionate, so enigmatic, so loyal. Or so we thought.
March 2015. Reporter asked Mourinho if he would have taken the Tottenham job if a deal had been agreed, to which he replied ”No because I love Chelsea supporters too much. I’m Chelsea.”
Things change quickly in football and loyalty is becoming a rare phenomenon. Blues fans were able to get over Mourinho’s spell at Manchester United. He did not win the league and the level of success was nothing in comparison to what was experienced in his time at the Bridge. But this is different.
Tottenham are arguably Chelsea’s greatest rivals. Fans of both clubs despise each other, and games between the two teams always seem to produce fireworks. Any Chelsea fan will tell you that the thought of Mourinho lifting the Premier League with Tottenham is the stuff of nightmares.
It is a new era at Chelsea however. The days of Mourinho feel long ago. Perhaps Lampard is on his way to becoming the new Special One.