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Monday 03 June 2013

Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea as manager

Portuguese is back at Stamford Bridge after signing a four-year contract

Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea won their first title in 50 years in 2004/05

Chelsea have announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho as first-team manager. The 50-year-old Portuguese returns to Stamford Bridge, where he guided Chelsea to back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06, on a four-year deal.

"I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea," Ron Gourlay, the Chelsea chief executive, said. "His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.

"Jose's continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate"
Ron Gourlay

"It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that. He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again."

Mourinho first took over at Chelsea on 2 June 2004 and in his inaugural campaign the Blues won their first domestic title in 50 years with a record Premier League points haul of 95 and a defensive record of 15 goals conceded that has yet to be surpassed.

Under Mourinho, Chelsea also won the League Cup that season and reached the last four of the UEFA Champions League for a second season in a row. The next campaign Chelsea successfully defended their title Barclays Premier League title. In his last full season at the club Mourinho helped Chelsea achieve a cup double as the Blues lifted the FA Cup and the League Cup. He left Stamford Bridge in September 2007.

Since then Mourinho guided Inter Milan to two Serie A titles and UEFA Champions League glory, before moving to Real Madrid in 2010, where he won the league title.

Chelsea confirmed that Mourinho would bring as assistant first-team coaches Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais. These three will work alongside first-team staff Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones.

The club said that Mourinho would be officially presented in a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Monday 10 June.

Jose Mourinho’s record at Chelsea

Barclays Premier League title 2004/05, 2005/06

FA Cup 2006/07

League Cup 2005, 2007

Barclays Premier League record

Matches W D L GF GA Pts Win %
120 85 25 10 215 67 280 71

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Key Points

  • Jose Mourinho returns for second stint as Chelsea manager
  • Portuguese signs four-year-deal at Stamford Bridge
  • Chelsea say he was 'number one' choice to to achieve greater success