Here are five candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Rafa Benitez is a strong candidate to take over because he is available and he spent a long time at Liverpool learning the ins and the outs of the English game. He also won the Champions League with Liverpool which seems to be the main reason Roman Abramovich brings in a manager. He also got Fernando Torres firing, which is certainly a plus point if he can replicate it. Reports suggest that the Russian is ready to offer Benitez a deal until the end of the season with a review after the season has ended. The only stumbling block here could be Benitez not wanting to be axed for another manager like Pep Guardiola when that deal expires in the summer.
This is the big name in football management currently available and Chelsea have apparently already approached Guardiola’s advisors about becoming manager. Guardiola left Barcelona at the end of last season and said he wanted to take a year out from football so it would take a mega deal to get him in through the door at Stamford Bridge especially as it seems you get the sack at the club if you go any period of time without constant success. He knows how to win a domestic league and the Champions League and Chelsea should give him whatever he asks for.
Redknapp was always going to make the list the next time a Premier League boss lost his job. Redknapp could be a popular choice because of his man management skills and the recent domestic success he had with Tottenham Hotspur. However, Chelsea may be looking for a manager with more silverware on his record over the last few years. He has strong roots in London and would be a popular choice with both the players and the fans.
Zola is a Chelsea legend so it’s only natural that his name comes up when it comes to Chelsea manager. The stumbling block here is his experience. He has had a spell in the Premier League as manager at West Ham United but he is tied down by a contract to Watford in the Championship who are just outside the play-off places as things stand. He may well end up as the Chelsea boss at some point in the future but this vacancy may just be a little too soon.
Mourinho has talked about his love for the club in recent television interviews. He has admitted that he wants to come back to England at some point during his time as a manager and he could find it very difficult to turn down an approach from Chelsea as he has called himself a blue for years. However, he has a challenge at Real Madrid in terms of the club trying to retain their La Liga title and winning the Champions League, both of which require his full attention and commitment.
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