Roman Abramovich looking to extend a manager instead of fire him? As Mel Brooks said, “what a world!”
After securing Chelsea’s fourth Premier League title, three under his own personal watch, Jose Mourinho has apparently earned himself a new contract, and the club has opened talks to lock him down through 2019, according to multiple reports.
The only thing in the soccer world more meaningless than player contract lengths are managerial contract lengths, especially at Chelsea where the pressure to succeed each and every season supersedes the expiration date of one’s contact, but the news is still significant in a sense that he could potentially get a pay increase and it shows the club fully backs his plan moving forward.
When he signed on with the Blues for a second time in 2013, he signed a four-year deal through 2017, but that now may get boosted two more seasons.
Mourinho has indicated this season he has no intention of leaving Chelsea, saying earlier this season, “I’m here to stay. I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belong to me.” But that can always change with poor results as we’ve seen with Borussia Dortmund and Jurgen Klopp, who announced he will step down despite previously insisting he has every intention of staying. Also, anything is possible with Abramovich at the helm, with the owner known for his trigger-happy mentality having fired the likes of Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo, and others despite massive successes in charge. Mourinho was one of those casualties in his first stint after the two didn’t see eye-to-eye on how to run the club.
Not only has the Portuguese manager maintained success on the pitch this season, but the club has been outstanding in the transfer market since his return, not only securing a number of significantly successful players like Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, and others but also managing a shockingly low net expenditure thanks to some surprisingly high returns on the sale of players such as David Luiz, Andre Schurrle, and Kevin de Bruyne.