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Mourinho in it for the long run

Jose Mourinho is aiming to build a lasting dynasty at Stamford Bridge to bring a decade of success and emulate his first spell at Chelsea.

After a spate of recent sackings - with Chelsea's chaotic managerial history under owner Roman Abramovich and recent stuttering form by the Blues considered, Mourinho was at pains to point out he is at Stamford Bridge for the long haul.

The Portuguese is Chelsea's most successful manager after leading us to our first championship in 50 years in 2005 and defending the title a year later, while also winning the FA Cup and two League Cups for our darling team.

His Chelsea team from June 2004 to September 2007, when he left the job, formed the bulk of the side which won the long-coveted European Cup in 2012, before Mourinho's return this summer for a second spell in charge.

The Special One has insisted since his reappointment that the 'project' is one of evolution and that the current Chelsea team are a team in transition. The aim, he says, is to replicate the successes of his first spell by building a team to win for some time to come. Speaking about his situation Mourinho has remarked,

'In football nobody is untouchable, but I will not be looking over my shoulder, because I know for which reason I came, I know what kind of job I was asked to do.'

'And to prepare this Chelsea 'new' team - that we expect is Chelsea's new team for about a decade; the same way the other team was a Chelsea team for almost a decade - I don't think Chelsea can have a better manager than I am."

'I think I'm the right person to do the job and a bad result on Monday (at Arsenal) or a bad result on Friday, or Wednesday, doesn't change that perspective.'

Mourinho believes in his second season in charge, Chelsea will be vastly improved further adding,

'Next year Chelsea will have a phenomenal team.'

'Between the work we are doing and evolution of the players and a couple of clinical signings - two clinical players to complete the puzzle you are building - I think Chelsea next season will have a very good team.'

Mourinho personally believes that he is going to be at Chelsea for the foreseeable future as he was chosen to build a dynasty with this squad that will last for it is safe to say the 'Happy One' will be year for a long time to come.

Good luck to Jose and the team on this new project... #KTBFFH

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Writer: Hazard11 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 22 2013

Time: 12:54PM

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For this season, Jose needs to find a way to keep competing and challenging. And reassess the squad in the summer. Let's see if anything happens in january. I have said it before, there have been too many disruptions, and someone needs to be given a run to establish the side. #ktbffh
sorry to say this but jose was never know to be along term manager or developer of clubs and thts a fact...for the long term that doesnt mean if u face a problem throw money at means give ur players chance to jel and also give academy players a chance to impress..after that happening in the first year and the transition done then u can decide whether to buy or no..currently i c no youth breaking in now or in the future if every prb we face we will buy and nt look down to reserves or the players on loan..i mean what will happen to paizon or josh or chalobah if we went and bought CMs to accomodate for the needs..their progress will be hindered and all the talk abt their potential will be cast aside....for the long term to be achieved we shld trust the youth products and not buy 30+ mill players every time a prb arise..thats y i say tht jose is nt a long term cuz he doesnt bother to develop the club from the lower ranks to the first team....i mean its been 12 yrs since a youth player made it to the first team the last being terry and thts just pathetic and shameful really...we have a great squad all over the pitch and im sure with the players we have in the reserves and on loan we can accomodate our needs without having to splash the monye...maybe the only area that we shld buy to improve is the striker position
Nadim Damaj
Ok..brilliant man, he just bought himself more time with his mouth. If only rdm was as talkactive as jose he would still be in the job by now.roman has the final say at the end of the day...wasn't AVB also brought in for a 'long term' project?.
Jose needs to talk less, improve the team,improve our youth prospects and have a defined way of playing, the 'best coach' in the world should start earning his pay now else he will be gone before he knows it.
I feel very comfortable after this statement coz at least we have one of the best managers world football has to offer. Unlike AVB, Jose is a winner and we can expect more success in the long run with this guy. All is well. Love Jose, Love Chelsea. Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!
I expect results always but @ the same am realistic enough to undrerstand what transition means.
Classic Jose lol He knows how to serve the Haters! Keep Moaning and Stay Bitter onwards and upwards we roll. Ktbffh
Nadim, excuse me but some of you can just cease to baffle and bamboozle with wants, demands and reprimands in equal measure! Pray, with all of Real Madrid's affluence and riches in human resource of the highest calibre - Alonso and Modric etc - do you bother to consider that they still went ahead to buy starlets Illaramendi and Isco for a combined sum of 70m+ just last summer, irrespective of the FACT that they have one of the most famous and gifted football academies in the world? If it were Chelsea I'm sure some of you 'experts' would've clamoured against these purchases with lines like: "they will block the development of Chalobah, Josh and Baker blah blah blah". But blimey, don't they also hold the world record of the biggest players in the history of the game? When last did the Castilla produce a C. Ronaldo or a Gareth Bale; or a Di Maria, Benzema, Modric, Alonso, Khedira, Marcelo, Coentrao, Pepe, Cavalho, Ramos, Diego Lopez let alone an Ozil, Zidane, Figo, David Beckham, Makalele, Van der Vaart, Robben or a Wesley Sneijder? Have you ever bothered to ask yourself why elite clubs like Barcelona buy the likes of Iniesta, Mascherano, Song, Belletti, Eto'o, Ronaldo(The Real Ronaldo), Jordi Alba, Yaya Toure or guys like Michael Laudrup, Mark Hughes, Patrick Kluivert, Ronaldinho, Deco, Henrik Larsson, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Van Bronhurst, Van Bommel, Zlatan(then club record), never mind current club record, Neymar, at various epoch in their history; even though the La Masia is universally acclaimed as the best and most productive football academy in the world? Furthermore, why did Bayern fork up as much as 40m on a defensive midfielder like Javi Martinez even though they already had Bastian, Toni Kroos and the departed Tymoschuk and Lius Gustavo within their ranks? Why spend 35m on a Mario Gotze or 18m on Xhedran Shakiri when they previously also bought pricey gems in Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben? Do you think they didn't have their own versions of "Lucas Piazon and Nathaniel Chalobah" respectively, at the time they looked outside to make these massive investments???? For Chrissake Manure is arguably the world's biggest and most valuable sporting institution(not just football club), but apart from Welbeck, Cleverly and Januzaj, who is rightly the new toast of the town these days, do you know which Man U player last made it to their first team in recent years and made a world-class career for himself? Is it Cantona, Andy Cole, Teddy Sherringham, Ole Solksjaer, Roy Keane, Peter Shmeichel, van Nisterooy, Lious Saha, Dwight Yorke, Quiton Fortune, John O'shea, Wes Brown, Vidic, Valencia, Evra, Young, Rooney, van Persie, Chicharito, Tevez, CR7, Berbetov, Ferdinand, Nani, J.S. Park, De Gea, van Der Sar, Fellaini, Buttner, Wooton, Obertan, Bebe or Manucho? Well, go figure mate; big clubs will always buy ready-made talent, FFP or not!
HGH Magic
^^ top comment there @HGH!!
One player integrated into the first team is that too much to ask from a top team like chelsea. Top teams will always spend reason for quick success but some of those teams you mentioned also try to integrate one player every season into the first team.
Nobody is against the odd 50 or 40million transfers, when a club is looking for real quality which their youth team can't produce they will always get a marquee signee hence barca went for neymar,bayern got martinez and gotze. 70percent of barca's and bayern's teams are products of their youth systems.
There is no real quality striker from our youth system getting a falcao or cavani will make so much sense in that case, how do you explain getting barkley when we have baker, buying guarin when we have ake,chalobah,mvg,mcheachran to integrate or worst still buying a washed up eto'o when we could have kept faith with lukaku?
Pedro,iniesta,busquietes,xavi,bartra,valdes,messi,fabregas,tello all came through the ranks at barca. alaba,kroos,sweinsteiger,muller are all bayern's youth products so when they go out and buy the odd marquee player there should be no complaint really, even madrid is now even given chances to jesse,morata and nacho despite their superstars filled squad.
So why can't baker,blackman,ake get even a 10 minutes cameo in a carling cup game?
Oh yea...he goes on talking again,if only the league is won by press conference speeches,chelsea would be champion since october
Hi Syed ;-) @oscarr, you see? That's exactly what I mean re: Baker or Chalobah vs Guarin, for example! Now tell me bro, how do you also explain away Real Madrid getting Illaramendi and Isco even when they were hugely blessed with Alonso(32), Khedira(26), Modric(28); and Mesut Ozil(25), and the plethora of CMs, DLPs and DMs that abound in the Castilla??? Or Barcelona falling over themselves and everybody else just to win the signature of Neymar whereas they had a Christian Tello, Isaac Cuenca and the innumerable youngsters of equally great technical quality populating the fabled La Masia? Do that and lo, your questions are answered! AMBITION+TIME versus PATIENCE+MONEY, if you know what I mean!
HGH Magic
In the beginning it's "we will tear teams apart",later came the talks about "eggs",then "11mistakes" etc..last week was "smelling the finals" and we all know how stupid those statements have all looked
@HGH magic what a top comment from u, teach them well.
Ah oscarr, check your records mate and you'll see some of those names you mentioned like Iniesta and Alaba had substantive periods of their youth careers at other clubs, Albacete and SV Aspern & Austria Wien respectively, before being bought by their current employers. Don't get me wrong, as I'm sure you're aware I'm a great advocate for youth integration in our club - as I have this soft spot for Ake, Baker, Piazon, Thorgan and Atsu - but it must be said, Chelsea NEED and DESERVE some of these marquee names for, if nothing else, the sporting and mercantile profile of our dear club! I dunno about you, but I still rue the days of Drogba and Ballack et al....
HGH Magic
Yes we need marquee signings especially in our cf postition but i will like us to copy the bayern,arsenal,man u,barca model where atleast 1 youth player is promoted every 3 seasons, the days of buying 11 superstars are gone, we wanted to join the elites and be established as a top team when roman first came, hence we bought all the available superstars then, we have won the ucl and have one of the highest fan base in the world, we 're a big team now so what is stopping us from being patient now and giving the youngsters opportunities?
Iniesta is firmly a one club man, he was 12 when he joined barca he was bought into their academy, alaba i'm not too sure of. going by your logic john terry is not 'solely' a chelsea product because of his stint at west ham?
Seriously @habbo, it's absolutely ridiculous how these self-styled Mourinho armchair critics blurt stuff like: "he should've filled the glaring holes in the team in the summer, so no excuses...blah blah blah"; whereas it begs the question if Mourinho was supposed to do the "filling" with teenagers like Chalobah, Piazon, Ake or Baker! I mean which big team of Chelsea's size in Europe does that these days? Which new coach in a big European side does that? How many teenagers has Guardiola promoted yet at Bayern?!? Wasn't he gifted world-class Gotze and Mandzuikic to commence work with, with an already built team of champions overflowing with world-class talents such as Mario Gomez? Was Thiago Alcantara not already an expensive star whom he lured to Germany? Oh, because he isn't Mourinho, every Tom, D!ck and Harry's cup of tea right? How nice! Or perhaps what's good for the goose, in their little fancy authoritarian world, isn't good for the goose, huh?! Oh well, but how many has Pellegrini promoted @City in this his first season yet? How many did Tito or has Tata @Barcelona lately? They go on about Morata @Madrid but the irony is obviously lost on them that this Jose Mourinho was the one who blooded the youngster! I mean it beggars believe! Jupp Heynckes for all of his glory lasted 3 years @Bayern and within this time period benefited immensely from Loius van Gaal's hardwork @the Bavarian outfit; now pray, how many youngsters broke through the Bayern ranks during his tenure? The one thing I commend the FSW for is the blooding of Nathan Ake, but even the great Guus Hiddink with all due respect found it hard to gift then young players like Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou enough playing time(just like KDB and Schurrle or Mata today), let alone a look in on our academy kids, because he himself couldn't muster the courage, especially not in the face of the club's overriding ambitions mitigating against time, and so on. So, in a nutshell, all I'm saying is give our coach who's undoubtedly one of the world's greatest time to build this club as he deems fit. And remember, he accepted this job without anyone of us - true fans, numb-hearted hacks masquerading as 'fans' and outright trolls alike - being privy to the terms of reference between him and Roman Abramovich! Do this for your own health as it is apparent Mourinho is indeed in this for the long haul; do otherwise and moan, groan, grunt, bleat, blabber, cluck, complain or cry ****less till you go numb in the head at your own peril. My two cents'. Carefree & KTBFFH
HGH Magic
BWHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha @oscarr, how you go on about patience whereas Mourinho was just four games into a four-year contract when you asked for his head! And perhaps true to type, here you are again preaching "patience" and demanding that Mourinho fulfils all of your Chelsea dreams and wishes just four months into his first season! Wow mate, do you think you can help yourself by practising a little of what it is you preach? Just a little, huh??
HGH Magic
^^^by your logic too, I hope you know Ryan Bertrand passes for an academy graduate too, no? So how is it only John Terry now???? Talk about giving a dog a bad name in order to kill it! Lol
HGH Magic
You're drifting away from the topic of discuss, i will be patient when the right thing is being done, when i see one or two kids breaking into the team, when i see a team trully in transition, why is the core of our team made up of dead grand pa's who will be gone anytime soon? Is that what you call 'transition'? Why not build the team around people who will be around for another 10,15 years?
COMPREHENSION oscarr. Comprehension; after all I never mentioned the word "transition" in my posts, did I?
HGH Magic
Alaba broke into the team during heynkes. pellegrini and pep have no space for any youngster now, they have well oiled teams, players at their peaks or would you rather boyata for kompany? Or razak for yaya?. In our case we have oldies who are not delivering, despite terry,lampard,cole,iva,eto forming the core of our team we still give listless performances every now and then, iva can't cross to save his mother why not reinstate azpi as our first choice rb? Why can't baker take over from lamps in even in a carling cup game? How much worse can bertrand perform if he takes over from cole?
You were attacking me for not be 'patient', so i told you why i'm unhappy with the manager.
If under his watch Chelsea finishes below 3rd he should be sacked.
Just practice what you preach oscarr! Jog on now f_v, this ain't a thread for your random vacuous one-liners.
HGH Magic
If Rafa can finish third and Mourinho is better than him, I expect CFC to finish higher than 3rd.
I can be patient with Jose, but not when chooses to keep playing Iva on RB, Lampard in Pivot when he have Bertrand for LB, Move Azpi to RB, Try Oscar or KDB for Pivot....Tactics or his ego is hurting us badly...
oscarr, true. These old men belong in the Championship. They are not top four quality players.
Ivanovic at RB when you have Azpi is a sacking offense.
I dont think we were all to like if u dont like him,keep it to yourself and please give him a chance to work.
No one is stopping him from working,he is stopping himself
For more on the article read the full statement here...
Just like Jose and a good amount of knowledgeable fans who understand this is a long term project that won't yield immediate results,we look beyond this season,while others look to the next game.
Yeah..."long term project" by building your team around deadwoods and players nearing the end of their careers.
@Well said HGH, your research of other big club player purchasing over the years says it all. Well done.
I just want to see these moaners and groaners when Mourinho is in his stride...the amount of d1ck riding that will ensue is of historic proportions.
Everyone is a moaner!!
Today, we have better young players than most of the clubs listed above.... Players like Alaba, Kroos, Bastian, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquet, Pedro... etc... all got promoted from youth teams.... No one is saying big clubs don't spend or that Chelsea should fill the team with kids from the academy... Apart from the academy and U21 team, we also have tons of players doing well on loan... So I don't think fans have asked for too much if they desire to see one or two of these young talents get promoted instead of buying, buying, buying...
@HGH, a big thumbs up to you bro with those brilliant comments above. They could learn a thing or two.
with our very thin squad last season how many games was the FSW able to give Ake compared with the squad depth we have now
Excellent question Kola ... thanks.
HGH Magic

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