Tuesday, September 25, 2007

'I am still the Special One', says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho may no longer have a club to manage, but receiving a P45 has not dimmed the former Chelsea boss's opinion of himself and the Portuguese still believes he is the ‘Special One’.

Mourinho, who left Stamford Bridge last week, made his now famous proclamation upon his arrival in England and believes he proved himself to be just that during his three-year stay.

Chelsea enjoyed the most successful period in their history under Mourinho, the former Porto manager leading them to their first league title in 50 years in his first season in charge before repeating the feat the following season.

“I took a chance in saying that I was special, but I think there are now a lot of people who would sign up to that,” Mourinho said.

“I think I’m still special. I achieved good things and it was a fantastic period in my career. I’ll try to forget the bad things and remember the good ones, which are endless.”

Mourinho, who has been replaced by Avram Grant, admits the past week has proven an emotional experience but insists he will always remember his relationship with the club’s players and supporters.

“Yes, I cried,” he said. “I tend to say that I have a family at home and another at work. I’ve always had a relationship of love with the players and fans. I won’t forget them and they won’t forget me.”