Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has given the biggest indication that Jose Mourinho may return to Chelsea in the summer. The 50-year-old is widely expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. Interim manager Rafa Benitez has also announced that he will not be staying at Chelsea beyond this season. Benitez is widely criticised by the Chelsea fans, who have never accepted him as one of their own.
It is certainly not the case with Mourinho, as he is still loved by all the Chelsea fans.
Buck has said that discussions have not started about the next Chelsea manager. However, he is extremely sure that owner Roman Abramovich has the options in his mind. Buck has said that he has open-minded when it comes to the next managerial appointment.
“I’m completely open-minded about it. We all have some ideas and certainly Roman Abramovich is thinking about it. We haven’t really started the search yet. But at the moment we are concentrating on the end of the season,” said Buck to Sky Sports.
This indicates that Chelsea may even go back to one of their former managers.
If I were Abramovich, I would not be wasting any second to get Mourinho.
Meanwhile, Buck also dismissed claims that Chelsea are not really interested in managerial stability. The next Chelsea manager will be the 10th in the Abramovich era. However, the decision behind sacking every manager has had a reason.
“I know we have fired what most people would say are a lot of managers – terminated the relationship is a better way to describe it – but we’ve always thought long and hard when we’ve done it. We certainly believe in stability in managers, but it has to be with the right manager,” said Buck.
Of course, Chelsea have lifted 10 major trophies in the last decade, but a return of just three league titles in these years points to the need for managerial stability. Perhaps, Mourinho returning will be start of a new long-term relationship.