Arguably, he is currently the only manager in world football good enough to fill the hole left by Jose Mourinho. Talented, tactically sound and extremely successful, Guardiola has already stated his intent to leave Bayern in the summer and has expressed his interest in managing in the Premier League next season. With Chelsea requiring a manager of high calibre, Pep Guardiola looks as though he fits the bill. The experience he possesses with dealing with elite, world-class players such as Messi at Barcelona or Robben and Ribery at Bayern would be vital for bringing harmony back to Chelsea and he is probably the best suited person in world football to do that. Finally, with the sheer amount of success that he has brought to Barcelona and Bayern, it would bode well for Chelsea should they employ him with Pep having won 20 trophies since the 08/09 season. Amazingly, when he won his second Bundesliga title, it meant that he had won a trophy every 18 games in his career – hiring him has to be the paramount priority for Chelsea
The Atletico manager is someone who really shows his passion for the game through his extravagant celebrations and thorough interaction with the fans. He has demonstrated that he possesses that fire in his belly and this is exactly what Chelsea need. The players are lacking in passion and have only started improving since Hiddink has come in – but the Dutchman may not be able to sustain this long term whereas Simeone has been motivating his players successfully and has won La Liga since he came in 2011. Furthermore as an ex-player who has performed at a top level representing Argentina, he knows exactly what it takes to turn the dressing room around and to bring passion and hope back to the Chelsea faithful. As well as this, with Atletico Madrid being handed a transfer ban until Summer 2017, this may persuade the Argentine manager to leave the club to pastures anew and Chelsea would provide him with the financial power necessary to make top signings.
The current interim manager is a reliable short-term solution who can steady the ship at Chelsea however is he high profile enough to lead the club long term and how would he be able to raise the club’s profile compared to a Pep Guardiola or a Diego Simeone? Despite this, he has shown that he can achieve success having won the FA Cup in his first stint as interim manager of Chelsea. He has also achieved a semi final Euro place with Russia which was completely unforeseen and a major overachievement showing that he is a very effective tactical manager who can bring the best out of his players. Even though he could be an adequate replacement, the likelihood is that he is merely a short-term filler until Abramovich can draft in a higher quality manager to take Chelsea back to the heights of last season and perhaps better.
It is understandable that the mere thought of Brendan Rodgers becoming the next Chelsea manager doesn’t sound right with the amount of ridicule attached to Rodgers’ name and reputation!However, to be fair, he almost brought a title to Liverpool for the first time in 19 years when they were struggling to make top 4 for a few seasons beforehand. People may argue that this was only because of the world class talent of Luis Suarez and red-hot form of Daniel Sturridge which propelled them to second place but Chelsea also possess players who are capable of a world class standard. Hazard, despite being disappointing this season, was world class when Chelsea won the title along with Diego Costa who has proven himself at Atletico and Chelsea to be a lethal finisher and one of the best strikers in world football. If Brendan Rodgers can bring the best out of these players along with others as he did at Liverpool with Suarez, who knows what he could achieve with the champions?