Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Drogba would relish Mourinho return

Jose Mourinho

Didier Drogba admitted it "would be fun" if Jose Mourinho returned to manage Chelsea.

The Portuguese, who won back-to-back Premier League titles with the London club in his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, has been linked with a return to the Blues following the sacking of compatriot Andre Villas-Boas last weekend.

Drogba told Sky Sports News: "There is a lot of speculation - him (Mourinho), (Rafael) Benitez, all these managers. It would be nice (to have Mourinho back), it would be fun for the story. Let's see what happens."

Roberto Di Matteo has been placed in interim charge of Chelsea until the end of the season and, while Blues captain John Terry gave the Italian his support, he also described Mourinho as a "fantastic manager".

"It's all speculation at the moment, obviously he (Mourinho) was a fantastic manager and a very good man-manager as well," said Terry.

"But Robbie (Di Matteo) has come in and brought Eddie Newton in as well and they're doing a great job, and the target really is to focus on the next two months and to get the club in the position we all want to be in which is (qualifying for the) Champions League next year."

Terry and Drogba insisted the senior players had given their backing to Villas-Boas and said claims that the squad veterans were a massive influence in the dressing room were wide of the mark.

"In all clubs, when players don't play, there's always misunderstandings and people upset about not being played," the former England captain said. "I think because it's Chelsea, people have got this thing about the senior players, (that they) have got a massive influence and I can assure you that's not the case and it hasn't been since I've been at the football club.

"All the players care about Chelsea Football Club, the owner certainly does. Andre was very good - unfortunately we didn't get the results. Collectively, not only him, although unfortunately it falls on his head, I think the players and the manager will make mistakes together.

"We all wish him well, he's got a very good future. He's very young as well. This can be a learning experience for him and myself. I got on very well with him."

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre