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Mourinho: Will English football welcome him?

Jose Mourinho has not always enjoyed his time at Real Madrid. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

He may be the manager of Real Madrid, one of the richest and most successful clubs in the world, but it appears Jose Mourinho would prefer to be in England. Last night, he said the English fans, the English media and one club in particular (presumably he meant Chelsea) loved him. But he seems to have fallen out of love with Spain, claiming that 'some people' hated him.

But would English football really welcome 'The Special One' back?

As Manchester United have won the title five times in seven seasons, the Premier League appears to need a manager who can mount a sustained challenge to Sir Alex Ferguson's empire at Old Trafford. When Mourinho was at Chelsea, he certainly managed that - collecting two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.

Mourinho in happier times with the Premier League trophy at Chelsea. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Mourinho's record outside England is also spectacular - he's won the Champions League twice with Porto and Inter Milan and last season, he guided Real Madrid to the Spanish title ahead of the superstars of Barcelona. There's no doubt that if Mourinho did return to Chelsea, the Premier League would be welcoming back one of the world's top managers.

But Mourinho does have a dark side. His previous reign at Stamford Bridge was marred by a series of rows and controversies.

He got into trouble for using the word 'cheat' after a controversial match with Manchester United and for calling Arsene Wenger a 'voyeur'. Chelsea were also fined for attempting to poach Ashley Cole from Arsenal. Mourinho was cautioned by police after a row over his pet dog. And one of Europe's top referees Anders Frisk retired from officiating after receiving death threats - that followed Mourinho criticising the Swede in the aftermath of a controversial defeat to Barcelona.

Anders Frisk retired from refereeing after receiving death threats. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Though Mourinho has probably learned a few lessons about avoiding controversies at Madrid, there's no doubt that he is a man who has a habit for making headlines.