5 Reasons Jose Mourinho Is the Perfect Manager to Replace Pochettino at Chelsea

5 Reasons Jose Mourinho Is the Perfect Manager to Replace Pochettino at Chelsea

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Chelsea suffered an embarrassing defeat to Wolves at Stamford Bridge
  • The Blues dropped to 11th on the Premier League table after that loss
  • Fans have grown tired and are calling for Mauricio Pochettino’s sack

Chelsea are falling even further after another embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, dropping the team to 11th on the Premier League table.

There are growing calls for Mauricio Pochettino to be relieved of his duties by the fans, and it could happen sooner or later if results don't improve - if he lasts beyond yesterday’s game.

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John Terry and Jose Mourinho pose for a photo with the Premier League trophy after Chelsea won in 2015. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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Fans have suggested many names to replace him, while the media have also linked different names to the role, but only a few have mentioned former boss, Jose Mourinho.

Sports Brief looks at five reasons why the Special One is the perfect candidate to replace Pochettino at Chelsea.

Five reasons Mourinho is perfect for Chelsea

1. Availability and readiness

Per Give Me Sport, the Special One contacted prospective buyers during the takeover process, registering his interest in starting the new era as he did with the Roman Abramovich era, but Todd Boehly turned a deaf ear.

Mourinho was sacked by AS Roma last month, making him available to take over the role immediately if appointed and also meaning he would not cost the club settlement fees to get him in.

2. Winning mentality

Mourinho is the architect of the mentality at the modern-day Chelsea. Abramovich brought him in after winning the UEFA Champions League with Porto. The winning mentality at the club is dead, and he represents the biggest opportunity to return it to the club.

He had won 26 trophies in his career, with Tottenham Hotspur the only club he never won a title at.

3. Tactically sound

The Portuguese manager is tactically sound and relevant; do not be swayed by the social media narrative that 'football has left him behind'. Per The Telegraph, he claimed his tactics were second to none during his final days at Spurs.

He has proven to adapt to whatever situation or players he has and get the best out of them - this quashes another fan narrative on social media that he is not suited to the current group of players. The difference in how his teams played depending on available players over the years proves this.

Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan - how they played during his time, when he had quality players, proved he was one of the best. If it's as youthful a squad as the Blues currently have, he gave eight Primavera players their debut at Roma.

4. 'Proper Chels'

This is a term the fans use to describe someone who understands the club or has shown commitment and loyalty to the club. Jose built the mentality and appearance that when a player displays, he is given the tag. He is the club’s most successful manager and symbolic of what the club represents.

5. Fans appeal

Only a few managers will walk out of the tunnel at Stamford Bridge today and be instantly accepted by the fans. The local match-going fans will immediately jump at Mourinho ahead of names like Roberto De Zerbi, Xabi Alonso, and others. Again, football isn't played on social media, and the opinion around him doesn't count for much.

Per Daily Mail, a section of Chelsea fans chanted his name and claimed they would want him back in the dugout.

Five managers who could replace Pochettino

Sports Brief previously analysed five managers who could replace Pochettino if the Argentine boss is eventually shown the door at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho was one of the names on the list but ranked below Hansi Flick, Arne Slot, and others based on popular theories by the fans and the media.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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