An Open Letter to Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho
To the Special Happy One,
I'm writing to you today to inform you of my feelings toward your return to Stamford Bridge.
As a Chelsea fan since the dark days of 1996, I've witnessed pretty much everything that a young man could ever see in a football: various red cards, seven-goal thrillers, streakers on the pitch and, most alarmingly, my club on the brink of collapse.
But in the distance, a Russian man by the name of Roman Abramovich, guided by his roubles and ambition to become the richest man in the world, swooped in to save my team as debts began to cripple the club.
Sure, he changed a few things. He brought in a wise Mancunian by the name of Peter Kenyon who swiftly turned Chelsea into a global brand, and it was all I could have wished for and more.
But you, Mr. Jose Mourinho, made the biggest difference of all, and regardless of whether your second spell ends with regret or pride, you will always be a fond memory of the hearts of the "True Blues."
We know we can expect success, passion and determination from you as our manager, and that you will put every last bit of blood, sweat and tears to ensure Chelsea return to dominate English football once again.
You've certainly shown that you are a worthy winner, and a wise head in the transfer market. The signings of Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel epitomise what we are trying to achieve as a club: sign young players and turn them into world-class footballers.
Getting rid of Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun was a good decision, and one that we are all united in agreeing with. They were negative influences on the team, both mentally and financially, so it was the right decision.
In fact, like many Chelsea supporters, I'm feeling ultimately confident that you can lead us to our fourth Premier League title. Dare I say it, our squad at present is one of the strongest in the history of the club, especially when you consider the talent we have out on loan.
But while we're on the subject on transfers, I would strongly advise you to abort your pursuit of Wayne Rooney. The last thing we need is an out-of-form player with an expensive and toxic ego coming into the dressing room.
Perhaps Samuel Eto'o would be a better choice when you consider the price, the goals and the time you had as colleagues. Consider that for a moment, won't you?
Your return to the helm of the West London club was almost meant to be. Our torrid season combined with your own misfortune meant that you've ended up back in London, and while many will refuse to admit it, the press are glad you are back.
I feel there is no better time for you to lead us to domination in the Premier League, especially when our main rivals, both Manchester clubs, are entering a new era just like us.
No Sir Alex Ferguson to peg you back, no Roberto Mancini or Rafael Benitez to play the mind games with. Of course, there is still Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas to deal with, but I think you know they're quite fond of you, and let's face it, Arsenal and Tottenham aren't quite challengers yet.
As for Barcelona, they have had to undergo changes and your former club, Real Madrid, may be the biggest challengers, along with your major foe Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. So the European title is also there for the taking.
Last but not least, I wish you luck. It can't be easy coming back to a club where you've already achieved so much and try to emulate your own achievements. If it ends in failure, you stand to be criticised when actually you've pledged to do the admirable thing: return to where you belong.
I'm confident that you can take Chelsea into another golden era, and let's start by giving Hull City a nice reality check on Sunday afternoon.
After that, then we can focus on derailing Guardiola in Prague.
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