Who’s the next Man on the Bridge?

The drama of “to be” or “not” for Carlo Ancelotti came to a conclusive end shortly after he left the media room at Goodison Park. Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay informed him of his immediate sack. The Italian appeared to be prepared when he informed the media in the pre-match conference before the Everton encounter that he wouldn’t shed a tear if he was asked to leave.
Quite lot of football enthusiasts and coaches (SAF, Roberto Mancini) were disappointed and  full of pity for Carletto when the news circulated in the media.
Hey….no need to, Ancelotti is leaving Chelsea with his pride and reputation intact with a £5 million compensation.

I’m looking at a few coaches who have being tipped to take over at the Stamford Bridge club.

Would Roman hire his friend?

Guus Hiddink.  (Turkey national team coach)
The well traveled Dutch coach is one of the most sought after person in football today. Dutch giants PSV and Ajax AFC want him as their football director.
Hiddink, 64, is a respected manager in the game. Vast experience, good tactical knowledge with good man management skills. During his previous spell at Chelsea as a care-taker boss, he revived the Blues from their terrible slump under Luiz Felipe Scolari and led them to 2009 FA cup glory in his four month spell.
He’s a personal friend of Roman Abramovich and it’s believed he’s being considered for a role as the manager or a director.
The former Real Madrid and PSV coach hasn’t enjoyed much success lately. During his spell with Russia, the Russian national team missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup  in a two-legged play-off against lowly-rated Slovenia. Turkey are struggling in their Euro 2012 qualifying group.
At 64, I’m not sure of how much hunger and desire left in him to do the day to day running of club football. Not everyone will be a Sir Alex Ferguson.

Stamford Bridge bound?

Andre Villa-Boas.  (FC Porto coach)
Comparism to an enigma like Jose Mourinho have been directed at the brilliant 33 years old Porto coach who just wrapped up a treble winning campaign with his home town club, FC Porto.
The young Portuguese tactician in his debut season as Porto coach equalled a feat Porto achieved in the 1987/88 season when they captured four trophies – Portuguese Super Cup, League title, Portuguese Cup and the Europa league. The relatively unknown Villa-Boas worked as an assistant with Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese spell at Stamford Bridge.
He is an expensive target for Abramovich with Porto’s president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa insisting that any club who wants to poach him must pay his €15 million buy-out clause.
I believe Villa-Boas will want to gain UCL experience with his Porto side before jumping ship to a bigger challenge.

Surprise candidate for the job

Marco Van Basten.   (Unemployed)
Another Dutch man on Chelsea radar. Many will remeber Van Basten more as a player. The Utrecht born Dutch coach ventured in management on 2003 but became prominent in the 2004 after he took over from Dirk Advocaat as the coach of the Oranje. He led Netherlands to the 2006 FIFA World Cup where they crashed out in the second round to Portugal. The former AC Milan striker was on the bench for the Oranje in Euro 2008. They had a fantastic group stage run defeating France, Italy and Romania thus winning the group only to crash out to a Guus Hiddink led Russia in the quarter finals.
He was offered the Ajax job after Euro 2008 but he resigned after one season when his team did not qualify for the UCL.
Van Basten is noted for having disputes with his players and the most prominent was when Ruud Van Nistelrooy declared that he would never play for the national side with Van Basten still in charge.
If offered the job, it will be interesting to see how he balances the ego in the dressing room.

Would he be given the chance to revive his managerial career?

Gianfranco Zola. OBE   (Unemployed)
The Chelsea’s legend name is a surprise on this list. He will get a lot support from the fans and many will be eager to see what he can do from the sidelines.
The 44 years old Italian is relatively inexperienced. He worked as an assistant to Pierlurgi Casiraghi in the Italy under-21 side.
West Ham appointed him as their manager in the September 2008 after Alan Curbishley left. During his time at Upton Park, the Hammers played attractive football. He also promoted some of their academy players and integrated them into the first team. He was sacked by the new owners who did not believe in him.
Will Chelsea be ready to take a gamble on an inexperienced manager who is a cult hero just like Barcelona did with Pep Guardiola?

Is he ready to switch?

Didier Deschamps.  (Olympique Marseille coach)
Here’s another former Chelsea player . The French man who had a successful career as a football is cutting his niche at the managerial level. Deschamps CV is impressive. His Monaco side knocked Chelsea out in the UCL semi finals before losing to Porto in the 2004 final. He got Juventus promoted back to the Serie A in 2007 after the Calciopoli scandal.
The World Cup winning captain has built as formidable side in Olympique Marseille and has masterminded two Coupe de la Ligue titles (2010 and 2011) and the French Ligue 1 title in 2010.
Deschamps Marseille did not retain their league title this season but the board wants him to continue.

Special mention goes to Harry Redknapp of Tottenham Hotspur. With the England job for grabs in the summer of 2012, he will probably stick to his White Hart Lane job for the time being.

The Chelsea board will decide who manages the team next season. The candidates above have been mentioned in the media. Who do you feel is the right man for the job?

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Oluubaba on May 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    If Roman Likes Himself n the club he should not hesitate bringin Hiddink back to the bridge,I honestly feel bad for cArlo after such a wonderful first season am sure many clubs will be lookin to hire him


  2. Posted by flip on May 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Wat a shame, I think its going 2 b a really bad choice 4 any manager who has proved himself 2 go 2 Chelsea has d team is ran jus like a biz venture(thou it partly is), but nothing at all like a sports club. Any coach dat comes does so @ d expense of his career


  3. Posted by ayaj on May 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hiddink is the only candidate dat lies in similar bracketswit carlo.Roman makes yet anoda twin mistake, buying a player not needed by the coach yet putting pressure on d coach for the player 2 perform.Jose-shevchenko…carlo-Torres.we need stability 4 crissakes.7 managers in 8 years is not the way to build…both teamwise and pedigree wise.dis guy got 2 trophies in his first season.I criticise carlo a lot but dosent mean he warrants the sack.


  4. Posted by Theodora Chimonez on May 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Well done


  5. Posted by harphyz on May 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Van Basten or Deschamps should fit in properly based on their experience @ the top level. Villa Boas, great coach but not enough experience at the top and Zola though a Chelsea legend but from his performance @ west ham then he’s definitely out of the picture. I’m sure Hiddink would honor is contract with Turkey


  6. Posted by MoonChild on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I think dey shld consider Martin O’ Neill for the job. He’s got lots of Premiership experience & respectable level in Europe.
    He’s not a stranger to success & d Chelsea job wld be d best opportunity for him 2 show his Managerial skills.
    Three successive top six finish with an average team such as Villa is a great accomplishment.


  7. Posted by digiace on May 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Chelsea now have to deal with the issue of integrity. If you can sack a great coach who then is safe.


  8. Posted by Bassey on May 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Guess Hiddink will go for director, but for coach I’ll go for Deschamps or Van Basten who both will bring the much talked about flare, & as for Carlos’ sack he had it coming, with the way he went into gear november thru till february come on sure y’all would have done better so let’s keep watching and reading


  9. Posted by Bassey on May 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I belief Hiddink will come on board as director,while Deschamps shud b d coach as for Carlo he had it coming with the poor run from november thru february. Well let’s keep watching and reading.


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