Jose Mournho’s position as Chelsea manager is becoming increasingly unstable and uncertain. Another defeat at the hands of West Ham sheds further doubt over whether the Portuguese ‘Special One’ will be managing the side by the end of the season. Here are four managers that might be in the frame to replace him.
1) Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone has to be regarded as one of the best coaches in world football. Some even hailed him as the heir to Mourinho as he got Atletico Madrid to the final of the Champions League and also pipped Real Madrid to the title. Making any side outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona competitive in Spain is worthy of huge praise. Atletico are currently third in La Liga, two points off of the top. Simeone does not speak English but would be able to get the best out of former player Diego Costa and potentially even Radamel Falcao. He also knows Thibaut Courtois, from his spell on loan at Madrid. Simeone is unlikely to be available mid-season so this one might be one for the end of the season, with a short term manager such as Guus Hiddink coming in between now and then.
2) Pep Guardiola
The absolute antithesis of Jose Mourinho. A purist, who prides himself on his attacking footballing philosophy. Pep has been good with Bayern Munich albeit in the UK people are dismissive because he is yet to win the Champions League (as if this is an easy and straight forward thing to do). Last year his side were knocked out by eventual winners FC Barcelona in quite the dismantling. Irrespective, bringing Pep to Chelsea would send a huge statement to other clubs around Europe. Is it possible though? Probably not. Chelsea don’t have players who’d be well suited to his style so Pep would need to completely reshape the squad. He’d certainly not leave Bayern until the summer. If he won the European Cup and then decided it was time for a new challenge a move to England could be possible, but it looks an unlikely option.
3) Massimiliano Allegri
Masimiliano Allegri is the man who steered Juventus to the Serie A title and the Champions League final last year. Juventus’ European exploits were very impressive considering the relatively low net spending of Italian clubs. As a result he is a highly sought after manager now. Interestingly earlier this year the owner of Leeds did say that Allegri would never manage a side like Chelsea or City, but in reality talk is cheap and money talks. Perhaps the prospect of Allegri bringing Paul Pogba with him would be a further motivating factor for Chelsea. Allegri is definitely a possibility, despite rumblings that he wouldn’t manage Chelsea.
4) Carlo Ancelotti
In the short term there are rumours that Carlo Ancelotti could return to the bridge. This doesn’t seem like the best ideas as the second coming of Jose Mourinho hasn’t exactly worked out well for the club. Ancelotti is a good manager who has won the European Cup three times but he has a very poor record in terms of winning the league title. He won it just once at AC Milan and failed to win it with Real Madrid. If he was signed as a short term stop gap between now and the end of the season that would probably be OK but as a long term option it wouldn’t be viable.