Former Chelsea coach thinks Mourinho appointment makes up for Ferguson retirement

Ray Wilkins is excited that the Portuguese manager is returning to Stamford Bridge. Ex-Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins believes that...

Ray Wilkins is excited that the Portuguese manager is returning to Stamford Bridge.

Ex-Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins believes that the appointment of Jose Mourinho will make the departure of Manchester United stalwart Sir Alex Ferguson a little easier on the Premier League.

The English top flight will certainly have a different complexion next season as Ferguson was United manager for 27 years and was in the dug-out for every Premier League campaign since it began in 1993.

However, whilst Wilkins admits that it will be odd for football fans in England to be without the Scot he thinks the charisma of the returning Mourinho will go someway into making up for that.

“I’m thrilled. Having lost Sir Alex Ferguson from our game it’s nice we’ve got a fantastic personality coming back,” the current pundit told Sky Sports.

“Not only is it good for Chelsea, it’s good for the Premier League as well.

“I’m sure that Chelsea will be one of the top teams next year.”

Wilkins managed QPR and Fulham in the 1990s before two spells at the Blues as both a caretaker manager and an assistant to Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti – although the former Chelsea midfielder never worked with Mourinho.

The returning 50-year-old’s main objective will be to win the first league title at Stamford Bridge since 2010 and only the fourth at the club in the Premier League era.

Mourinho is clearly a fans favourite and was a popular figure with football supporters across England during his previous time at the Blues between 2004 and 2007.

The ex-Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss will now have to take on new Red Devils manager David Moyes and whoever takes over at Manchester City – expected to be Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.

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