The Perfect Time for the Second Coming of the Special One
The last time he arrived to turn all our lives upside down, he was a European champion. Football’s hottest property. Loved already by most English football fans because of the look he managed to plant on Fergie’s face after ensuring another season of European underachievement for Manchester United. He was the special one. The man who made football managers wear Armani suits rather than Umbro track-suits on the sidelines. He whispered the sweet nothings Frank Lampard needed to hear to make him Chelsea’s greatest ever goalscorer. He signed Drogba. And, god, I haven’t even mentioned the trophies, the glistening, life-affirming, gooner-baiting trophies.
This time its different. He is a European semi-finalist. He isn’t arriving from Germany, therefore he’s about as fashionable among football hipsters as Sodastreams, Global Technicolour t-shirts and 100% mortgages. Players, fans and journalists in Spain can’t wait to see the back of him. He’s flicked ears, picked fights and kicked out. The suits look are more Burton than Boss and he hasn’t delivered that 10th European trophy for Real Madrid. The glistening, life-affirming, Casillas-baiting trophy that would have turned all those Spanish frowns upside down.
This is why its the perfect time for Jose to return.
Was it last summer when Chelsea had just won the European Cup and Jose was still the toast of the tavernas? No. Disaster.
This summer – the inevitable nightmare of Benitez has been and gone. So has the Man United job. So have the patience of the Bernabeu. So have Chelsea’s only other credible options. Now is the time.
No one should doubt that Jose is stage-managing this entire second-coming. But if we’re to believe what we hear, he wants to settle down. His family want to be in London. He has something to prove – he has to prove he is still a winner. And he also has to prove he’s marriage material rather than a short-term, exhilarating, unforgettable fling.
After making such a devastatingly idiotic decision to part company last time around, the time is right for reconciliation.
Posted by Sean A-M