Mourinho dubbed himself the ‘Special One’ on his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004 just weeks after winning the UEFA Champions League trophy with FC Porto.
The Portuguese coach has won league titles in four different countries, and while he admits a manager often takes centre stage, he rates himself last in the Blues hierarchy.
His view is in stark contrast to that of Sir Alex Ferguson, who often said during his tenure at Manchester United that the role was paramount to all others.
“The manager is not the most important person in the club, of course not,” Mourinho told the Daily Telegraph. “I keep saying: the most important person in the club is first the supporters, secondly the owner, third the players, and then I come.
“It’s the manager that everyone looks at. The players are watching you, analysing you – they want to see your reaction, they want to see your stability.
“The people that work in the club are also watching you, and they follow in a negative or positive way. Even the supporters are watching you.
“They want to feel that after that big defeat you are ready for the next day, that after the big victory you are not in the moon but have your feet in the earth.
“And I think I am good in controlling these situations, and good in trying to keep people balanced for the negative and for the positive.”