Jose Mourinho has made a huge impact on English football during his 2 spells at Chelsea, these spells ranging from 2004 to 2015. He won a lot of silverware for the club and not just this, he won the hearts of the Chelsea fans.
Today the former Chelsea boss celebrates his 53rd birthday but unfortunately he’s not celebrating with the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He struggled in the opening few months of the 2015/16 season and he left owner Roman Abramovich with seemingly no choice but to dismiss the manager.
Chelsea players and fans were gutted with the decision. Mourinho has done more than prove himself in the English league over the years and maybe should been given longer to save the season which we all know was a possibility.
Injuries had a part to play in the downfall of Chelsea’s season and also poor form with the likes of Eden Hazard not playing well. However, if there is anyone in the world of football to motivate players to perform, it’s surely Jose Mourinho himself.
The feelings between Mourinho and the supporters could be seen a few months back when Chelsea played at home against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. It was a dramatic game that saw Willian score the winner in the 83rd minute and shortly afterwards the Chelsea fans chanted Mourinho’s name and he bashfully waved with tears in his eyes. His emotion and love for the fans was so clear that night.
Jose Mourinho’s determination and loyalty is second to none. He spoke out towards the end of his time at Chelsea.
“I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility, from my team.”
He also released a statement through his agents 2 days after his sacking and he gave a lot of thanks to the supporters but left out the Chelsea club as a whole.
“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.”
This shows just how much love and pride he has for his fans and the happiness to give them what he knows they deserve. He has no thanks for the club, indicating the relationship had deteriorated with the way he was treated by the Chelsea board and directors.
Who knows what Jose’s wish will be tonight when he blows out the candles on his cake. Maybe a new start for him, a new job? Maybe even a little wish for all the Chelsea fans out there that supported him when he needed them most. I’m sure the fans will be wishing Mourinho all the best for the future in whatever he does in his career.
No matter where he finds himself in the future and however Chelsea end the season, Jose Mourinho will always be loved by football fans in general but Chelsea fans in particular. He will always be known as a Chelsea LEGEND!