Football is reeling from the news at Tottenham where Jose Mourinho has taken over from Mauricio Pochettino… but what do the fans who idolised Mourinho the most make of the deal?
Chelsea fan RORY JENNINGS has his say on the Portuguese moving to the Blues' most-hated rivals.
There is something very telling about my reaction to the news that Chelsea's greatest ever manager has signed for our most bitter and despised rival… I don't really care.
The man who captured my heart in 2004 was handsome, daring, innovative and brilliant, and remastered the art of management.
But that man died years ago. Perhaps in Madrid, perhaps in London – no-one is quite sure where the fatality occurred but there is no debate that it happened.
Jose Mourinho captured hearts at Chelsea in 2004 but has burned bridges joining Tottenham
He was viewed by supporters as 'The Special One' but a move to direct rivals will end the love
Mourinho has become a shell of his former self, believes Chelsea supporter Rory Jennings
The man who lives on is a shell of his former self. A dour, old cynic who has become a joke. Even the fact that he has taken the Tottenham job shows how far he has fallen.
Combine that with the fact that Tottenham fans are telling me on Wednesday morning they didn't want him and that 'it feels like a backwards step' shows how low Mourinho's stock has plummeted.
Is Pochettino a better manager than Jose Mourinho? I believe the answer is 'yes' and I therefore fully endorse this 'backwards step' by Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese manager has become more cynical in recent seasons working in England
He is Chelsea's greatest ever manager given the overwhelming success he brought the club
The argument that 'Mourinho wins trophies', feels like a facade, a former truth.
In his last four jobs – Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea (again) and Manchester United - the success has decreased each time, while the shambles he's left behind has only got worse. Fingers crossed he carries on in the same vein.
Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2014-15
FA Cup: 2006-07