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Villarreal's Spanish coach Unai Emery. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images

Villarreal's Spanish coach Unai Emery. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images

Villarreal's Spanish coach Unai Emery. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP via Getty Images

It was once said that Chelsea were running out of managers, insomuch as they had sacked in their then-recent history every one of the small eligible pool of suitable, elite-level coaches.

It was like a Soviet-era purge that had the inconvenient consequence of a dearth of competent cavalry officers or heart surgeons.

That turned out to be right when Chelsea were reunited with Jose Mourinho in 2013, largely because there was no one else with the necessary track record, or indeed ego, to do the job.


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