Chelsea open to Mourinho return

Chelsea have not ruled out a Stamford Bridge return for former manager Jose Mourinho, currently in charge of Real Madrid, Sky Sports has reported the Blues’ chairman Bruce Buck as saying.

Rafael Benitez is the current Chelsea boss but his contract expires at the end of the season, having been hired in an interim capacity in November last year when Roberto Di Matteo was sacked.

Mourinho spent just over three years as Chelsea manager, moving to London from Porto shortly after winning the Champions League with the club. He left after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich in September 2007, having won the Premier League title twice, Chelsea’s first league crowns in 50 years.

Buck said: “I am completely open minded about it. We really haven’t started [looking for a new manager] yet but we’re all thinking about it and have some ideas, and certainly Mr Abramovich is thinking about it. At the moment, we’re concentrating on the end of the season.

Whoever is tasked with succeeding Benitez will be the 10th manager in Abramovich’s employ since he bought the club from Ken Bates in 2003, Sky Sports adds, and Buck insists the club do not take the decision to change managers lightly.

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,” Buck said.

It’s always difficult, it’s always sad when a relationship is terminated.

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