Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

25/1 for Mourinho to be first to face axe - no way Jose

Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea

All's lovey-dovey once more with Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich with the 'Special One' back in charge at Chelsea on a four-year deal and £100m to spend.

Whether Mourinho can repeat the success he had in his first spell before falling out with the owner, remains to be seen.

But the bookmakers are taking no chances, offering only 6/5 that he wins a trophy next season – excluding the European Super Cup against Bayern Munich – and there has to be a solid chance that he'll do just that if his past record is anything to go by, having won back-to-back Premier titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup between 2004 and 2007. Only the Champions League evaded him.

Chelsea are unlikely to be out of the first two in the Premier title race and at 5/2 behind 2/1 favourites Man United, has to be taken as those odds will only shorten as the season progresses. Mourinho is 4/1 with Coral to last out the four years while Hills' quote him at silly odds of 25/1 to be the first top-flight manager to leave next season. No chance.

Those who believe he won't bring success to the Bridge next season, can avail of 11/10 or on the contrary, take 4/1 on Jose to be manager of the year.

Under his control first time around, Chelsea achieved a record number of league points and fewest goals conceded .

They are 25/1 to beat their previous best and 50/1 to let in 14 or less goals. Interestingly, the Londoners were unbeaten at home in 60 matches under Jose before and therefore 4/1 for a non-losing home next season, has tons of appeal.

As for who will come to the Bridge before August, the layers quote Wayne Rooney 13/8 and offer 9/4 that John Terry will be gone by the start of the 2014-15 campaign, which is more than possible for one reason or another.

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