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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture: Suzanne Plunkett/REUTERS

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture: Suzanne Plunkett/REUTERS

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture: Suzanne Plunkett/REUTERS

JOSE MOURINHO has promised there will be far fewer tantrums and fireworks during his second spell as Chelsea manager.

In front of 250 accredited media, flash bulbs and camera lenses followed Mourinho's every move as he was officially unveiled as Chelsea's new manager.

But anyone expecting a repeat of the famous 'Special One' press conference that took place when Mourinho was appointed Chelsea manager the first time around was disappointed.

For yesterday, in the Harris Suite at Stamford Bridge, he cut a strangely diplomatic figure.

Only on one occasion – when he was asked about Andres Iniesta's claim that Mourinho had damaged Spanish football while he was at Real Madrid – did it feel like the Portuguese was ready to morph back in to the uber-confident figure that stoked up so much controversy during his first spell at Chelsea.

"I believe I'm a calmer person now," said Mourinho, who has signed a four-year contract at the club.

"Nine years is a big difference. When I arrived here in 2004 you pushed me a lot in that first press conference to have a strong approach, and in this moment the situation is different.

 

Comfortable

"You know me. You know my history in the British game, and the European game, so I don't think I need that approach. I just want to be calm.

"I'm in the best moment of my career in terms of knowledge and experience. I feel very calm and comfortable."

Whether Mourinho's persona change once the heat starts rising remains to be seen.

For now, though, he appears more diplomatic than ever before. The reason behind Mourinho's contentment is because he has been granted his wish of being at a club where he is loved.

"If I have to choose a nickname for this period, I'd choose 'the Happy One' because I'm very happy," Mourinho said.

"This is the first time I arrive at a club where I already love the club.

"I want to be respected for what I did in the past for this club, but I want to be loved for what I can do from now."

Mourinho's pedigree points to further success.

He did, after all, win back-to-back titles during his first two years in charge and also lifted the League Cup twice and the FA Cup once.

Despite his success, Mourinho left in 2007 following speculation his relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich had turned sour.

Mourinho insists that was not the case and is adamant he has a good relationship with the Russian.

"That's not true, for a start," Mourinho said when asked about the reported split.

 

Wiser

"At the time we thought it was best for both of us, me and the club."

The Portuguese has grown wiser following his experiences across Europe though and sees no reason why he cannot go on to match or improve his efforts from last time.

"If you work well, success normally arrives," he added.


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