“They seek him here/they seek him there/those Frenchies seek him everywhere/Is he in heaven?/Or is he in hell?/The demn’d elusive Pimpernel”
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emma Orczy
The arrival of The Special One in London this week on a not so secret visit has sparked a frenzy of speculation amongst the media, who are linking him with not only every post at the top end of English club management but also the national team job. We at The Chels aren’t averse to a good speculate ourselves, and if you look behind the pictures, a pattern is starting to emerge.
1. Other than the widely circulated pictures of fans he bumped into on his visit, it emerged on Twitter yesterday (I know, I know, but it’s amazing how much useful stuff gets in to the public domain via that particular medium) that the man pictured with Mourinho is called Mark Foley. Mr Foley is allegedly employed by Chelsea FC in a role which assists club staff in sourcing accommodation.
2. Chelsea TV showed a “Best of Jose” compilation last night.
3. The club yesterday announced that they would be touring the US next summer. Jose’s pre-season tour of choice.
Today’s stories in the media have reported that Jose told fans on Tuesday that he wasn’t returning to Chelsea. However, when Sir Percy Blakeney was quizzed as to whether he was Scarlet Pimpernel, he denied it. Of course Jose isn’t going to cough up that sort of information.
This week’s events have further ramped up speculation as to where his Specialness will be plying his trade next season. One thing pretty certain is that it’s unlikely to be Madrid.
Derek McGovern of the Mirror, a man whose “tips” are usually so wide of the market he really should be had up under the Trades Description Act, says William Hill are offering 3-1 for the Bridge to be Jose’s next stop. For once, he might be on to something.
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