The return of Jose Mourinho: No need for feuding, bitterness and pettiness - at least for now

The 'Special One' returns to Stamford Bridge as the 'Happy One'

It was, at least on the surface, with humility, contentment and some far-sightedness that Jose Mourinho spoke about his return to Chelsea this afternoon.

After three years at Real Madrid of wearisome, draining internal politics he was pleased to be back at a team which – strange as this is to say about Chelsea – might just be a more stable place than where he left.

Mourinho is loved here. There were grown men with ‘Welcome Home Special One’ t-shirts outside Stamford Bridge earlier this afternoon. So, for now at least, there is no need for the old furious feuding, the bitterness, the pettiness that has characterised some of his previous work.

“I am the happy one,” were his very first words, setting the tone for a fairly agreeable if slightly repetitive re-introduction to the British media. “In this moment, if I have to describe myself, I describe myself as a very happy person. It’s the first time I have arrived in a club where I already love the club.”

As he pointed out, Mourinho is now 50 years old and there was little of the bombast of the younger man. “Back in 2000, when I was managing for the first time, I thought I knew everything. After 13 years, you realise you knew nothing and you have to learn every day.”

He looked calmer, and he felt it. “I believe so. You have to learn with experiences. Experience in life is something very, very important, especially if you visit it in the right way. I analyse myself every day.”

There were plenty of opportunities for Mourinho to tear into any of his recent rivals – Rafael Benitez, Pep Guardiola, Iker Casillas and Arsene Wenger – many of which Mourinho turned down or deflected. There were chances to dig at his likely new rivals – not least Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes – but with not much in return.

The only times when Mourinho flickered away from his new-found mellowness, his middle-aged settlement, were to take issue with questions he did not like. When asked about repairing his broken-down relationship with Roman Abramovich, he insisted that the description was “not true”, and said that his return was testament his closeness to the Chelsea owner, whose philosophy and guidance he is willing to follow.

“Only because there was never a break of relation is it possible I am here today,” Mourinho said. “I wouldn’t be possible being here if we had had real problems.”

“We all want the same. We are in the same direction. My area is the football area but more and more you have to be deeply connected with other areas in the club. I think we have the same kind of vision. I am more than happy to follow this philosophy that we want for the team, and I am more than happy to be back. I am very calm, very relaxed.”

Now, after his grand tour of Europe, his unprecedented grand slam of English, Spanish and Italian titles and cups – about which, it must be said, he is not shy of talking – Mourinho feels like he can finally settle.

“I'm back because we feel we are in a moment of my professional life – and in the case of the owner also a moment of his career as an owner – where we are probably in the best moment of our careers, and ready to work together again and with much better conditions this time to succeed and have what this club wants: which is stability.”

Related articles...

The full transcript

No need for feuding, bitterness and pettiness - at least for now

After the minefield of Real Madrid, Mourinho's time at Chelsea will seem like a stroll through the daisies

Mourinho hits back at Iniesta after being accused of 'damaging' La Liga

Mourinho prepares to work with new generation at Chelsea

Edinson Cavani: 'Working for Manuel Pellegrini or Jose Mourinho would be a great pleasure'

Mourinho tells Lukaku and De Bruyne they are part of his plans

Mourinho and other memorable sports press conferences

'I think I'm a special one': Mourinho in his own words

In pictures: The highs and lows of Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea

Arts and Entertainment
Joe Cocker performing on the Stravinski hall stage during the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2002
musicHe 'turned my song into an anthem', says former Beatle
News
Clarke Carlisle
sport
Sport
footballStoke City vs Chelsea match report
Arts and Entertainment
theatreThe US stars who've taken to UK panto, from Hasselhoff to Hall
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money
life + styleSales shopping tips and tricks from the experts
News
newsIt was due to be auctioned off for charity
News
Coca-Cola has become one of the largest companies in the world to push staff towards switching off their voicemails, in a move intended to streamline operations and boost productivity
peopleCoca-Cola staff urged to switch it off to boost productivity
Environment
Sir David Attenborough
environment... as well as a plant and a spider
Voices
'That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!'
voicesThe fight for marriage equality isn't over yet, says Siobhan Fenton
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there