Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho paid an emotional tribute to the support of those who had helped him reach the pinnacle of the game as he accepted the Football Writers' Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner in London.
The Portuguese coach was the guest of honour at the Savoy Hotel just a few hours after watching his side beat Manchester United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to move to within two points of Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Mourinho, 50, had a major impact during his first spell in England, when he guided the Blues to the championship in 2005 and 2006, and went on to repeat his success with spells at Inter Milan, where he won the Champions League for a second time, and Real Madrid before returning for a second spell at Stamford Bridge this summer.
"Without love and happiness, I could not do my job," said Mourinho, who was accompanied to the gala dinner by his wife and children, with son Jose a promising goalkeeper.
"My assistant (coaches) are like my brothers, Frank (Lampard) represents my players, without whom I have no career, and Mr (Louis) van Gaal, Mr (Bobby) Robson, my bosses."
Mourinho believes a settled family life in England has helped him refocus for the challenges ahead.
He continued: "The best thing football gave me was to make a decision about my future.
"Some managers go where they have to go, where the club comes, and sometimes it is not the best move, not what they want to do, but they go.
"I sat down with my wife and family, and said 'where is the best place for us? Where can we be happier as a family? To be happy as a manager and enjoy more the family and life socially?'
"We decided England, after that, for the situation to be perfect it would be Chelsea and I was lucky because the door was open for me."
Mourinho would love to continue his career at Chelsea for 'many, many years' yet, and indicated he had no intentions of ever leaving the Premier League.
He added: "The principles you have in relation to football and life are absolutely amazing.
"I love this Chelsea Football Club, which has been the only club to have ever sacked me, we as a family belong to you (in) England.
"I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belongs to me, and hopefully we will stay for many, many years."
Mourinho joked: "It is not a threat, but if you sack me, I will stay in England and go to another club, a possible rival."
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard paid his own tribute to the Portuguese coach, with England manager Roy Hodgson among the many guests from the football world to attend at the Savoy.
He said: "There has never been any special over confidence or arrogance from him.
"He made us all feel like we could be champions.
"For me, the main thing about the manager is on the pitch and also the mental stuff around that.
"He found the perfect way to deal with every individual in his squad, and still does today."
Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1 player ratings
Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1 player ratings
1/22 Petr Cech 6/10
Stopped efforts from Young and Welbeck but little to do as United struggled. Troubled more by his own footwork before Hernandez consolation
2/22 Branislav Ivanovic 6/10
Wasted chance after good work from Ramires on return from three weeks out. Untroubled defensively for long spells but lost Hernandez for goal
3/22 Gary Cahill 7/10
Calm head in opposing area allowed the centre-back to square for Eto’o second on stroke of half-time. Header led to Chelsea’s third as well
4/22 John Terry 6/10
The former England captain enjoyed one of quieter games against Manchester United as the champions failed to create until the game was over
5/22 Cesar Azpilicueta 6/10
Quick to sense danger as Welbeck prepared to shoot before break, pressurising him with tackle. Got forward when he could - which was often
6/22 Ramires 7/10
Brazilian enforcer was quick to snuff out danger from United midfield and provided platform for attacking team-mates to cause damage further upfield
7/22 David Luiz 6/10
First in the book after scything down Valencia before being chastised by his manager for positional inaccuracies. Held ground with authority
8/22 Willian 6/10
Surprise starter and gave the ball away in opening quarter before settling into rhythm. Caused United problems with his strong running
9/22 Oscar 6/10
Shot wide as Chelsea found their feet following a slow start. Wrongly chose to scissor-kick when could have headed in. Taken off for Mikel
10/22 Eden Hazard 7/10
Quiet beginning for the in-form Belgian playmaker but began to cut in from the left wing at will as Chelsea turned the screw and won at a canter
11/22 Samuel Eto'o 7/10
Speculative shot looped in for opener before making the most of poor United defending to double his Premier League tally in a single afternoon
12/22 David De Gea 5/10
Could do little with Eto’o’s first but the Spaniard should be disappointed with his efforts for the Cameroon forward’s second and third strikes
13/22 Rafael 5/10
Not enjoying best season and struggled to cope with pace and intensity. Completely switched off for Eto’o’s second and lucky to stay on after Cahill challenge
14/22 Jonny Evans 5/10
Cut out Hazard cross in opening quarter but unable to offer much resistence thereafter. Will never be an able replacement for Rio Ferdinand
15/22 Nemanja Vidic 5/10
Left dawdling as he played everyone onside for Eto’o’s second. Poor afternoon capped as mindless lunge on Hazard rightfully saw him dismissed
16/22 Patrice Evra 6/10
Found the side netting with early foray forward but effect on game waned. Given the runaround by Chelsea’s incisive passing and movement
17/22 Phil Jones 5/10
First appearance for a month and it showed. Slow to close down Eto’o for Chelsea’s opener before a typically robust challenge on Luiz
18/22 Michael Carrick 6/10
Unwittingly forced Eto’o shot up over De Gea. Stuck to task well but not the personality United needed against a Chelsea side right in their groove
19/22 Antonio Valencia 6/10
Eager to make an impression in the opening minutes but strong challenges from Luiz and Ramires appeared to scare him out of the game
20/22 Adnan Januzaj 7/10
Multi-nationalist caused problems for home defence with his tricky footwork and wingplay and was United’s best chance of creating anything of note
21/22 Ashley Young 6/10
Returned from shoulder injury and caused problems early on. Needless booking for pulling back Ramires after ceding possession. Quiet after break
22/22 Danny Welbeck 6/10
Came into match on form and linked up well with Young but just does not offer the threat of Rooney or Van Persie. Slow to get shot away in first half