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Specials market for the ‘Special One’ as Mourinho is unveiled

With the ‘Special One’ finally being unveiled at Stamford Bridge this morning, following the announcement of his return last week, many bookies are offering a range of Jose Mourinho specials.

Known for his witty one-liners and controversial actions – including eye-gouging current Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova – markets are being offered on whether he will remain in charge beyond the end of the coming season; whether he will say the phrase ‘Special One’ in his first press conference; or whether he will receive a touchline ban, as well as many other would-be controversies.

Bookies are offering 1/10 (Coral) that he will not be sacked before the end of the 2013/14 season, and 33/1 (SkyBet) that Chelsea will be unbeaten in the Premier League in 2013/14.

Mourinho held a spectacular home record that stretched over nine years and four different clubs, each in different countries – he went undefeated in 150 home fixtures between¬ February 2002 and April 2011 – and odds for Chelsea to go unbeaten in their 19 home Premier League matches is just 4/1 (various).

His final season at Real Madrid was the first time Mourinho has failed to win a major trophy in his career, and in the Copa del Rey final, against local rivals Atletico Madrid, he was sent to the stand after arguing with the referee. He is 20/1 (SkyBet) to be sent off in his first match in charge.

The Portuguese is 6/4 (Ladbrokes) to win more trophies in his second spell at the club than the first time round, when he won five major honours in three-and-a-half years.

Mourinho is one of only four managers to win the Champions League with two different clubs (Porto and Inter Milan) and is 9/2 (SkyBet) to win it with Chelsea by May 2015, which would bring him level with Bob Paisley, who won the competition three times with Liverpool.

Bruce Archer
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