I’ve been accused of being cynical on more than one occasion and for very good reason - because I am.
And my first thought on hearing of Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea wasn’t ‘that’s a decent appointment’ but ‘I’ll give him two years.’
If the walking Portugese ego isn’t seeking alternative employment by the summer of 2015 then I’ll be astonished.
He has plenty of previous, of falling out with nearly everybody he has worked for and that includes his current employers.
Perhaps he gets bored, it could be because he is difficult to work with, maybe when his antics attract too much negative publicity he is forced to move on or it could simply be that he has a particular lifespan in a role.
It’s probably all of the above and that is why he is a perfect fit for the Stamford Bridge club.
He could win everything under the sun in the next couple of seasons and he’ll be given the boot by the notoriously impatient Roman Abramovich, in fact if he wins nothing then the same will occur.
A club that cares nothing for stability and continuity deserves a manager who is cut from the same cloth, a boss who isn’t too fussed if he receives a P45 or not given that there will be plenty of others who will dangle a hefty contract in front of him.
In fact, Mourinho, as good as he is at his job, would be an ill fit at the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal, clubs who would prefer to take their time.
His short-term approach, so typical of the industry in which he works, doesn’t merit the adulation it receives but neither should it be too heavily criticised.
He is what he is and he is of the modern age.
So it’s good to see you back Jose, for two years at least.