Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Special? I'm Just Happy to Be Back

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Special? I'm Just Happy to Be Back

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JOSE Mourinho has promised there will be far fewer tantrums and fireworks during his second spell as Chelsea manager, after he heralded the dawn of a successful new era at the place he calls home.

In front of 250 accredited media, flash bulbs and camera lenses followed Mourinho's every move yesterday as he was officially unveiled as Chelsea's new manager.

But anyone expecting a repeat of the famously fiery 'Special One' press conference that took place when Mourinho was appointed as Chelsea manager the first time around was disappointed.

For at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho cut a strangely diplomatic figure.

Only on one occasion - when he was asked about Andres Iniesta's claim that Mourinho had damaged Spanish football while he was at Real Madrid - did it feel like the Portuguese was ready to morph back in to the uber-confident figure that stoked up so much controversy in his first spell at Chelsea. "I believe I'm a calmer person now," said Mourinho, who has signed a fouryear contract at the club.

"Nine years is a big difference. When I arrived here in 2004 you pushed me a lot in that first press conference to have a strong approach, and in this moment the situation is different.

"You know me. You know my history in the British game, and the European game, so I don't think I need that approach. I just want to be calm.

"I'm in the best moment of my career in terms of knowledge and experience. I feel very calm and comfortable."

Whether Mourinho's persona will change once the heat starts rising in the Premier League pressure cooker still remains to be seen.

He has espoused controversial comments wherever he has gone. Mourinho engaged in spats with Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafael Benitez and Arsene Wenger during his previous spell at Chelsea and he has not shirked from battles with his contemporaries in Spain, Italy or Portugal either.

For now, though, he appears more diplomatic than ever before, making respectful comments about Ferguson, Wenger and Benitez. The reason behind Mourinho's contentment is because he has been granted his wish of being at a club where he is loved. …

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