Whisper it softly, but the news is out: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho might make a spectacular return to Chelsea Football Club this summer.
It's the news hardly any Chelsea fans were expecting, most wishing it to be true but not daring to dream just yet. According to the English tabloid, the Sun, sources close to the Portuguese manager state that he is, having made his mind up to leave his current club, Real Madrid, in the summer, actively considering returning to his former club in south-west London.
The news will thrill those who have been less than impressed with the tenure of the 34-year-old current incumbent, Andre Villas-Boas, at Chelsea. The young manager has lost and drawn far too many matches to good and mediocre opposition this season, and the fact that Roman Abramovich has visited Cobham, Chelsea FC's training ground, twice in a week recently does not bode well for the young manager, also Portuguese, who perhaps ironically was once Mourinho's head of opposition scouting.
The return of the Special One at Chelsea would not be without obstacles to surmount first. The Special One is said to want full and unfettered power over football matters at the club - something most English Premier League managers have as a matter of course. Then, there is the delicate matter of the club's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich re-appointing a man he sacked only a few years ago.
However, Mourinho can call the shots now. Since his departure from Chelsea, he won two Italian titles, one Italian Cup and one European Cup, as well as, later, in Spain, one Copa del Rey. Chelsea, on the other hand, Double-winning season under Carlo Ancelotti apart, have been largely stuttering under a succession of managers: Grant, Scolari and eventually, in his second season, Ancelotti too (though many may say that Ancelotti had harsh circumstances to deal with in his second season). The club lies now in fourth place, in danger of losing out on a European Cup place, which would be disastrous for the club, not least because new players, or even a new manager, is very unlikely to sign if the club are not in Europe's premier competition.
So, while AVB, as the current incumbent is known for short, is wondering whether he'll get a second bite of the cherry, some fans have been getting busy dreaming over a Mourinho return. One fan, known only as ChelseaChatter2007 on YouTube, even prepared this little ditty, to the music and amended words of a famous Brodie/Baddiel/Skinner song, Three Lions, to beg the Special One to return to Chelsea.
Of course, whether the Special One will actually return is far from a drawn conclusion. However, there often is no smoke without fire, especially in football ... and AVB had better markedly improve the performances of his team sharpish if he is to expect a stay of execution from an owner such as Abramovich, who has sacked higher reputations managers, none more so than Mourinho and Ancelotti (now Paris St. Germain manager) themselves, before.