Having Jose Mourinho managing your football club is like a Kardashian marriage—head spinning, implant-enhanced, oh-so-promising beginnings with an inevitable, acrimonious end.
The final weeks of the Portuguese coach at Real Madrid sees a bitter divorce bringing a conclusion to three tumultuous years in the Spanish capital. Memories of the spats, arguments, fights and recriminations are weighing heavy in the air. Those giddy early days when Real Madrid and Mourinho were set to conquer the world together, hand-in-hand, have been long forgotten.
The departing Madrid boss is now set for a return to one of his former loves, the tantalizing Chelsea, a team whose supporters will soon be enjoying that rejuvenating, joie de vivre felt when The Special One begins to work his particular magic.
The first days, weeks and months at a new home are the most important for Mourinho, as the maverick manager marks his territory in every nook and cranny of his domain. Footballers are made to feel like world-beaters or unwanted as the new big cheese works his way through the playing roster. Cash is splashed on imports that are thought to be the right stuff to move the club forward.
The local media is wooed, wined and dined. Egos are stroked, jokes are made, confidences are revealed. Eventually, this pulse-racing love will turn to insults, insinuations and complaints about conspiracies. But that is all to come in the future. The opening months are a beautiful, journalistic bromance.
Chelsea supporters will feel, once again, like they have one of the game’s Big Boys in charge of the team—a figurehead who is not afraid to kick sand in the faces of enemies or elbow aside anyone or anything that stands in the path of a glorious future.
Mourinho would already have found flaws in his managerial rivals in the Premier League. There’s the potential insecurity of David Moyes at Manchester United, the trophy-less Arsene Wenger, the Portuguese upstart at Tottenham Hotspur, the future manager to be fired by Manchester City.
All will be analyzed and assessed with the appropriate action taken. Chelsea are returning to a manager that will do absolutely anything to gain an advantage, in any situation, from an eye poke to an insult. For the two-time Champions League winner, any means can justify the ends.
While Chelsea are winning, the provocations, smears and slurs will be wonderful fodder for the fans, who have a street-fighting bruiser to guard their corner. While Chelsea are winning, all the baggage that comes with the coach is overlooked.
Eventually, the dark days will come when the soon to be former Real Madrid man’s magic wears off, when his complaints become excuses, when his behaviour tips the balance to unforgivable, when his bosses grow tired of his antics. But those times are still some way off. For the moment, Chelsea should prepare to get giddy over the return of their Special One, when Mourinho is always at his very best.