Top 10 candidates to be the new Chelsea manager
Roberto Di Matteo has left Stamford Bridge. Who will take over from him as Chelsea manager? OTP looks at some of the serious (and not so serious contenders).
1. Pep Guardiola
Manchester City have been plumping up the Barcelona-themed cushions and waiting for a good reason to give Roberto Mancini the shove… but could their newly installed Catalan hierarchy suddenly find that their manager-in-waiting is employed elsewhere? Out-of-work but at the top of his game, Pep is sure to be Roman Abramovich’s number one choice.
2. Rafa Benitez
Another big-name manager who’s out of work. The Spaniard always seemed to be able to get one over on former Blues boss Jose Mourinho when it mattered, so will that have earned him the respect of Abramovich?
3. Harry Redknapp
The ex-Spurs manager has ridiculously short odds to be given the job at Stamford Bridge. We can’t see it happening. But if Abramovich is keen to do away with tactics and all that nonsense and just play attacking football, ‘Arry might offer the perfect solution.
4. Jose Mourinho
Time is running out for a big reunion before JT and Frank have to hang-up their boots. No, he hasn’t won the Champions League with Real Madrid yet, but he still loves Chelsea and England. Would the Special One be tempted to return? Probably not.
5. Guus Hiddink
The one that got away. The Anzhi boss won plaudits and silverware during his short-stint at Chelsea before honouring his commitment to Russia’s national team. Perhaps Roman and Guus will both feel there’s unfinished business.
6. David Moyes
Yet another miracle appears to have been worked on Merseyside with a shoestring budget. He doesn’t really fit as an Abramovich appointment, but you’d think there was only so long he could do the job he’s doing at Everton without the big-money clubs taking notice.
7. John Terry
Already the leader in the dressing room and probably picked the team under certain former managers. He’s Chelsea through-and-through, and the club has a grand tradition of player-managers. Hoddle, Gullit, Vialli… Terry.
8. Avram Grant
Roman’s favourite fall-back option and a close personal friend. He wouldn’t, would he?
9. David Beckham
Di Matteo gets sacked the very day after Becks announces he’s leaving LA Galaxy. Coincidence? Yes.
10. Mark Hughes
A former Chelsea favourite as a player, his current employers are likely to be very reasonable about agreeing a package for him to leave and he’s an ex-manager of the current Premier League champions. All indicators point towards Hughes being a very shrewd appointment.