Chelsea look ahead to next season and prepare for third ‘Mourinho era’
Chelsea are already looking ahead to next season, which will obviously be about restarting the squad, strengthening it with a bunch of new players and trying to restructure the management after the Roman Abramovich era.
The team is far from the top of the English Premier League, having been knocked out of both competitions at home, with the only realistic goal remaining to win the Champions League. But in its current form, this too seems a tall order.
And while the bosses are spending money on players (€460m in the summer and January so far) and convincing publicly that this is a project with long-term confidence in manager Graham Potter, other information has emerged in Italy.
According to them, the London club are preparing to offer Jose Mourinho a return from the summer. The Portuguese leads Roma, but his project in Rome is clearly not on an ideal trajectory. Yes, the team is in the battle for the top 4, still in the Coppa Italia and Europa League tournaments, but… Roma are not in the title game, which was expected in the second season of the Special.
And the funds for transfers are limited, which cannot be said for Chelsea under the new American owners.
Mourinho turned 60 a few days ago and is not thinking about retiring from the profession at all. And the “blues” from London are a more special club for him – the only one he has returned to for a second spell during his coaching career.
Jose managed Chelsea twice and won a total of three FA Cups, as well as the FA Cup once, the League Cup three more times and the Isle of Wight Super Cup once. He was in charge of this team in 321 games, which is the most compared to any other club where he worked.
It is likely that the temptation to return for a third “Jose era” in West London will be serious, especially with the new owners. His last sacking there came in 2015 under the previous management, despite bringing home the Premier League title.