Given the Blues are still within a realistic shout of reaching the top four and have just qualified for the FA Cup semifinal, it's a tad harsh on Benitez that his departure will be celebrated along the King's Road in similar style to the Blues lifting a trophy.
If Mourinho should indeed return, however, it could prove a summer of celebration for Chelsea fans as they welcome the self-titled "Special One" back to Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese remains a hero in West London after his first spell in charge saw Chelsea lift the Premier League twice, along with the FA Cup and League Cup.
It's understandable the potential return of Mourinho is being eagerly anticipated. Yet for all he has achieved in football, for some football fans—Chelsea or not—he isn't the manager many claim him to be.
Confrontations with officials, the opposition and even players would prove too much to bare for some, although he reveled in such controversy during his three-and-a-half years with Chelsea.
Without wishing to burst Chelsea's Mourinho bubble, Bleacher Report considers some potential pitfalls if he makes good on the rumors and makes Stamford Bridge his home for a second time.