José Mourinho has been adored at Stamford Bridge for many years. ‘The Special One’ guided Chelsea to their first top flight title in 50 years in 2005, and was so well thought of at Stamford Bridge that he was brought back for a second term, which brought the club another Premier League trophy.
Indeed, one of the most remarkable things about the team’s struggles under his tutelage last season was the undying loyalty shown by Chelsea fans to him despite the on-field carnage they were being subjected to week in week out.
This will make Mourinho’s snub of a Chelsea fan Manchester United’s preseason tour a tough pill to swallow for Chelsea fans. Having been presented with a series of Manchester United jerseys that he was happy to sign, a sole Chelsea jersey was put his way, but it was met with a shake of the head rather than a signature.
While it’s not clear what the Portuguese manager’s attitude to his former employers will be this season as he manages a title rival, videos like this make a very deep impression on supporters. Many of them took to twitter to vent their frustration.
Ffs Just look at Mourinho's expression when he's signing united jersey & someone pops up w Chelsea's own pic.twitter.com/9mXFs4CdfV
— Ismaeel Alausa (@_Bayyo) July 21, 2016
It took Mourinho 7 years to build the love affair with Chelsea fans & we adored him, but he's destroyed it all in less than 2 months #snake
— Aamir Khan (@aamirrkhann10) July 21, 2016
That video of Mourinho not signing a Chelsea shirt is disgraceful.
— Uber Chelsea FC (@UberCheIseaFC) July 21, 2016
You'd not see Ancelotti refusing to sign a Chelsea shirt because we wrongly sacked him; he even speaks well of the club. Mourinho is petty.
— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) July 21, 2016
"When you go to a direct competitor of Chelsea the love story is over"
— Cheeze (@Ginja_Ninja86) July 21, 2016
I respect Mourinho for his unbelievable service to Chelsea, but he's not bigger than this fucking club. Fucking hell.
— albz (@Albzino) July 21, 2016
Mourinho had one job at chelsea last season-keep chelsea at least in top 10 till January. So we could atleast reinforce. He failed miserably
— KLAUS® (@KrestedImmortal) July 21, 2016
He won the treble with Inter and Porto but the place he became a global icon is at Chelsea. The brand Mourinho is the making of #CFC
— ChelCenation (@sethaadusei) July 21, 2016
results and toxic atmosphere he created ever since he came back to the club. He got rid of Chelsea's then best player and fan-favorite Mata.
— Batoul (@BatoulHussein) July 21, 2016
Chelsea fans backed Jose Mourinho in ways no other set of fans ever will. That's a promise. For him to forget that is disgraceful.
— Hisham Abdel Razek (@hishamarazek) July 21, 2016
Chelsea once made José Mourinho ‘The Happy One’. It’s hard to imagine the same adjective being applied to Chelsea fans in response to his latest sleight towards the club.