It's official: Jose Mourinho is headed back to Chelsea.
The news comes via Chelsea's team website:
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as First Team Manager.
Mourinho has signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.
The move has been speculated for a while, but now it's a done deal.
The Sun's staff tweeted a photo of Mourinho holding his Chelsea shirt:
Sky Sports' staff has more details on the major deal:
Mourinho will be joined at Stamford Bridge by Assistant Coaches Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais. More now on #ssn— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 3, 2013
Chelsea will be hoping that the veteran manager can bring some stability, which hasn't been seen at Stamford Bridge since Mourinho himself left Chelsea unexpectedly in 2007.
In 2009, caretaker manager Guus Hiddink took over on an interim basis. He was soon replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked after two seasons. Andre Villas-Boas then took over, but he was dismissed less than a year later, opening the door for caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo.
Di Matteo led the Blues to their first Champions League title and was made permanent manager, but it wasn't long before he was replaced by Rafael Benitez, who recently departed for Napoli after a short stint on the sidelines in London.
In all, Roman Abramovich's club saw five managers in a span of nearly six years.
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Of course, the same span was a bit of a roller coaster for Mourinho.
In 2008, he was appointed as the successor to Roberto Mancini at Inter, where he won the Serie A league title and the Supercoppa Italiana in his first season and the first treble—Serie A league title, Coppa Italia and Champions League—in Italian history in his second.
After that immense success, he headed southwest to Real Madrid. Mourinho spent three seasons with Los Blancos, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and La Liga title in 2012.
Now, after a separation period in which each side has enjoyed extensive success, Mourinho and Chelsea are reuniting, hoping to recreate some of the magic that earned the Blues back-to-back EPL titles in 2005 and 2006 and the FA Cup in 2007.
The move comes in time for Mourinho to make a splash in the summer transfer window to help third-place Chelsea get past Manchester United and Manchester City, who, coincidentally, will also feature new managers.