PETR Cech would welcome back Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss – but wants whoever gets the job to get time to do it properly.
With Rafael Benitez definitely leaving the club at the end of the season, Cech (pic) is looking towards his 10th Chelsea manager including caretakers and 'interims', and hopes this one lasts.
“I have been here a long time and I have to say I have seen so many things I don’t get surprised any more,” he added.
“I have the skill to adapt to anything. I concentrate on my personal job, the way I prepare, the way I play to do the best for the team. This is the way I am – a guy who adapts quickly.
Asked if he hoped for Jose Mourinho return, he said: “We had a fantastic success with him so why not. He is a fantastic manager.
“But I hope, whoever comes to take the job in the end, I hope he will have better luck and he will stay.
“I have been saying that for six years I hope the new manager will find the momentum and he will stay.”
Claudio Ranieri took the first steps to bring Cech to Stamford Bridge back in 2003.
By the time the keeper arrived in west London, there had already been a change at the top. And things have kept changing ever since.
But despite the wish for stability, Cech recognised amid the turmoil Chelsea had suffered no lack of trophies.
“It is a very hard question because you can argue with a lot of things but in the same period of time we won more or less the same number of trophies as Man United,” he said.
“They had one manager, we had eight, and we won the same trophies. We had the Champions League, there are so many positives.
“Arsenal had the same manager and it is a long time since they won something. You can’t always say that is the fault of the manager or the players.
“They are working and they keep waiting for success. Maybe if you asked them if they would rather have 10 managers and six trophies I don’t know what they would say, but it is always relative.”