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Poyet predicts success for Mourinho

Chelsea legend Gus Poyet has backed Jose Mourinho to be a huge hit as the Portuguese boss prepares to get his second stint as Blues boss underway.

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Football folklore suggests a manager should never return to a club after a successful first spell at the helm, but Poyet believes Mourinho will prove that notion wrong by storming to success at Stamford Bridge a second time around.

"I'm a big, big fan of Jose and I think it's going to be good," states Poyet in the Daily Mirror. "I don't know why people are being so negative. It's going to be fantastic.

"People think that the second time around it's never as good, but I think it will be because he's got the personality, the knowledge and the fans love him. Jose will bring something special to the team.

"Everything is in place for him to have a good few years at the club. He's unique and he brings plenty into the equation. He always has an opinion, he's very honest and people like that. He's a winner."

Poyet would not be drawn on his own future, as he remains in limbo after being suspended by Brighton following his side's defeat in the Championship Play-Off semi-finals last month.

As for Mourinho, he will face a packed media conference at Stamford Bridge on Monday afternoon at 1.30 (GMT).

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