Chelsea confirm Jose Mourinho appointment on four-year deal

Jose Mourinho is appointed Chelsea manager for the second time on a four-year contract after quitting Real Madrid

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Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to two league titles between 2004 and 2007 Photo: Steindy/Wikimedia

Jose Mourinho has been appointed as Chelsea manager for the second time on a four-year contract.

The 50-year-old, who left Real Madrid on Saturday after three years in charge at the La Liga club, led the Blues to six trophies during his first stint at the club between 2004 and 2007.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said that Mourinho was always the club’s number one choice to succeed interim boss Rafael Benítez.

“I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea,” said Gourlay. “His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.

“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.”

Chelsea also confirmed the appointment three assistant coaches – Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais – who will work alongside current first team staff Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones.

The Portuguese coach has made no secret of his desire to one day return to coach in the Premier League after leaving the Blues in 2007 and subsequently taking charge of Inter Milan and then Real Madrid.

Mourinho won the Serie A twice in two years and the Champions League with Inter, before joining Real Madrid in 2010, where he lifted both La Liga and the Copa Del Rey.

The new Chelsea boss will be unveiled to the media at a news conference on Monday 10 June.

Jose Mourinho fact-file

• A former teacher, Mourinho had spells working at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona as a coaching assistant in the 1990s.

• As coach, he had a brief nine-game stay at Benfica and a highly successful tenure at Leiria before really making his mark after arriving at Porto in January 2002. In his first full season, 2002-03, Porto won the Uefa Cup and a domestic double. The next year they retained their league title and claimed the Champions League.

• Mourinho joined Chelsea in 2004 and led the club to the League Cup and their first league championship for 50 years in his first season. Followed up with the league title again in 2006, and both the League Cup and FA Cup in 2007.

• He left Chelsea in September 2007 and stayed out of football until joining Inter in June 2008. In his first campaign the Nerazzurri retained their Serie A crown, a feat they repeated in 2009-10 when they also added the Coppa Italia and the Champions League title, their first European Cup win since 1965.

• Victory at the Bernabeu was Mourinho’s last act as Inter coach before joining Madrid on a four-year deal. His first season featured the club’s first Copa del Rey victory in 18 years and a Champions League semi-final appearance, his second the Liga title and an end to Barcelona’s three successive championship triumphs.

• In the 2012-13 season, Mourinho’s Madrid failed to win any major silverware and were beaten by local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

• Appointed Chelsea boss for a second time on 3 June 2013 after signing a four-year contract with the Blues.

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