Mourinho to announce 'Special One' has returned
Jose Mourinho is just evens to announce that the 'Special One' has returned according to Ladbrokes.
As the long-term favourite to replace interim manager Bentiez is finally appointed the bookies (who are paying out on bets for Mourinho placed both before Benitez's appointment and after) expect him to refer to himself by his self-titled nickname at the first opportunity.
The firm also expect an immediate impact in terms of silverware won in his first season, slashing Chelsea's title odds to 9/4 (from 5/2) and their Champions League price to 10/1 (from 11/1). He's 1000/1 for an unprecedented quadruple upon his return to the Premier League while it's just 11/8 he breaks his own Premier League points record at any time with the club.
It's fully expected he'll see out his first season in charge at 1/10 although odds of 4/1 suggest the full four years of the initial contract may be beyond him, despite it being evens he stays in West London longer in his second stint, and 6/4 the spell proves more fruitful in terms of major trophies.
Those who think his first term back may prove more difficult than anticipated can take the 10/11 offered he draws a blank trophy-wise while it's 9/2 he's sacked before the season is over.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes told Football Betting News: "It's odds-on the Special One will come back to the Bridge with a bang. Chelsea fans are now queueing up around the block to back their side for all manner of silverware next season."
Chelsea to win the Premier League 9/4 (from 5/2)
Chelsea to win the Champions League 10/1 (from 11/1)
Mourinho in charge on the last day of the season
Yes - 1/10
No - 9/2
Trophies won 2013/14 season
0 - 10/11
1 - 11/8
2 - 13/2
3 - 50/1
4 - 1000/1
To win more major trophies in second spell with Chelsea - 6/4
To last longer at Chelsea in second spell - evens
To say the phrase 'Special One' in first press conference as Chelsea manager - evens
To see out four year contract - 4/1
To break his own 95 point title record - 11/8
To stay unbeaten at Stamford Bridge - 10/1