Does Jose Mourinho still have what it takes to succeed at Chelsea? Former Blues’ manager gives his verdict

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Ex-Chelsea coach, Ruud Gullit has backed Jose Mourinho to achieve success, should the Portuguese decide to return to Stamford Bridge for a third stint.

Mourinho is currently without employment after losing his job as AS Roma head coach.

Despite having worked with Chelsea twice in the past, the ‘Special one’ has been linked with a sensational return to the club where he won two Premier League titles in his younger years.

Meanwhile, the Blues have continued to struggle under their current manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who assumed office last summer.

After losing the Carabao Cup final to a depleted Liverpool side that included many youngsters, Chelsea suffered a setback in their quest to regain European football this season, with a 2-2 draw away to Brentford last weekend.

The result means that Chelsea are now 11th on the league table after 26 games, and pressure is mounting on Pochettino.

The Argentine was particularly targeted by angry fans, and was booed during the draw with the Bees, with ‘Mauricio f*** off’ chants heard throughout the GTech stadium.

However, one thing that any manager that decides to come in and take over the Chelsea job from Pochettino will have to contend with is the limited experience in their current squad.

Despite splashing hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market in recent windows, the Blues have so many young players in their squad, but for Gullit, that won’t be a problem for Mourinho, whom he says would cope just fine if he were hired for the role.

“He has young players and Mourinho could do that with young players,” Gullit told beIN Sports while discussing Chelsea.

“He can. I think he can. I like Mourinho. I think what he’s done is unbelievable.

“He’s been in difficult situations. He was sometimes taking attention to the wrong things at time but I think he has it.”

Whether the Chelsea board will eventually turn to Mourinho to save the club in the near future remains to be seen, but from what he hear, Pochettino’s job is not under immediate threat at this time.