The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THERE has been much pa­per talk re­cently about the sub­ject of 'go­ing back'. Will he or won't he? Should he or shouldn't he? Are Jose and Chelsea des­tined to find each other again?? Those in the know seem con­vinced it is in­evitable.

Peo­ple told me that you should 'never go back' be­fore I re­turned to Steve­nage in 2008.

They weren’t quite so vo­cal when I re­turned for a third time.

There are huge ad­van­tages in go­ing back to a club. Firstly, you know the peo­ple and they know you.

Se­condly, you have a his­tory to­gether; peo­ple know what they are likely to get.

Thirdly, the play­ers know that you are there with good rea­son; that helps.

The big dan­ger I see is that you harp back to the past with­out con­sid­er­ing that the fu­ture is all that mat­ters.

Fa­mil­iar­ity can un­doubt­edly breed con­tempt and it is vi­tal that any re­turn­ing man­ager goes back to com­plete his best work yet.

You need look no fur­ther than Ed­die Howe at Bournemouth to see what is pos­si­ble.

We all know that Mour­inho would take Chelsea onto an­other level.

He would be de­ter­mined to cre­ate a Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory, he would be sure to seek to outdo United’s tre­ble with his own quadru­ple and the en­ter­tain­ment value in the Pre­mier League would be lifted to the great­est heights.

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