Next Chelsea Manager ?

So, time to ponder over the big question - Who will be the next manager of Chelsea FC ? All sorts of speculations are going on most with Frank Rijkaard, Guus Hiddink, Roberto Mancini and Marcelo Lippi the most talked about names. Lets take a look at all these possibilities, not necessarily in the order of likelihood.

Frank Rijkaard
Former Club: FC Barcelona
The Dutchman’s Barca team played mesmerizing football as he won the La Liga title and the 2006 European Cup, and he is one manager who Roman would want if he intends to bring beautiful football at the Bridge. Since the Catalan club sacked him a few days ago, he is hot favorite to take over Chelsea. Rijkaard, 45, is somebody who would command respect from the players and his arrival at the Bridge looks Straightforward.
P.S: I don't like his hairstyle. Mikel has a better one.

Guus Hiddink
Current Club: Russian national team
He's yet to sign an official contract with the Russian national team after this year’s European competition and he has a reputation of bringing attacking football. Two big reasons why he can me the next manager. He has a proven track record and a strong personality. His relation with Frank Arnesen, the chief scout and director of youth development at Chelsea was not that good back in PSV Eindhoven, but that shouldn't prevent Hiddink from coming to Chelsea. He's a great tactician and disciplinarian, and more importantly, a close friend of Roman Abramovich, who pays his wages as Russia coach.

Marcelo Lippi
Former club: Italian national team
Somebody who has a World Cup medal as a manager would be favorite for any coaching job. He also won a Champions League title, an Intercontinental Cup, a Coppa Italia, and a European Supercup. I'm impressed. He has stated on numerous occasions that he will be returning to management in time for the 2008/09 season, and is likely to apply for a job in Chelsea. So, a perfect manager. Wait a second, he's a close friend of Sir Alex. Does that make matters complicated. I guess no.

Roberto Mancini
Current Club: Inter Milan
Has led Inter to the last three Scudetti, but lost Saturday's Coppa Italia final to Roma. Mancini is still refusing to speak to the media, and kept his silence once again following last night’s 2-1 Coppa Italia final defeat to Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. There are also reports that his offer is rejected by the Club. Mancini is still in charge at Inter, though it is widely understood that he will make way for Jose Mourinho. But I don't think he would be the best man for the job.

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Former Club: Manchester City
Chelsea had tried for Eriksson twice and failed. If we are to try again, I hope we fail again. He has the looks of a great manager, but then appearance can be deceptive. What I mean to say is that I'm not sure about his managerial qualities. His close friend Pini Zahavi, the agent who also represents Grant, has the Chelsea connections to install him, and he is still favorite with the fans in West London.

Mark Hughes
Current Club: Blackburn Rovers
A former Chelsea player and the dark horse in the list of potential managers. He was a successful and popular player during a three-year spell at Stamford Bridge, helping Chelsea win three trophies after moving from Manchester United for £1.5 million. He has the necessary tactical skills and is good in the transfer market. Though he is also tipped to take over United once Sir Alex retires, it depends on whether the 44 year old is ready to take the big job now itself.

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Current club: Portuguese national team

He has been in negotiations with City but his wage demands appear set to end that deal – he has told friends he is looking for "the biggest deal of his career" if he quits coaching Portugal for club management after Euro'08. It also remains to be seen if he has Brazil national team ambitions. He is a great manager and would certainly bring attacking football to West London.

Jose Mourinho
Former Club: Chelsea FC
In the normal world, as a normal person, he would take over Inter but then this is the world of football and Jose is 'the special one.' Chances of a return are less but miracles do happen and let's hope for one...

Update on grant : Grant is linked with Manchester City manager job and gets a reconciliation of 5 million from Chelsea.



26 May 2008 at 22:28

I don't like Rijkaard's hairstyle much either. But I highly doubt that that factor will be considered for his selection as manager. :D


26 May 2008 at 22:31

@ Nithin: He's a well-known spitter too


28 May 2008 at 08:06

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  tanuj lakhina

28 May 2008 at 21:55

Another update,Roberto Mancini has had a meeting with Massimo Moratti and has been sacked and Mancini's agent has come out and confirmed the signing of Jose Mourinho as his replacement.Another report,which states that he has been sacked following protests from the squad with examples cited of Crespo and Figo.
As for Chelsea front runner,Roberto Mancini would lose out to Frank Rjikaard as the man to take over at Stamford Bridge.
At the time of Jose Mourinho the owner Roman Abramovich wanted pretty football and he would get this with Rjikaard who has Champions League and La liga both under his belt.


28 May 2008 at 22:01

I don't think Mancini would be a good option for Chelsea. Rijkaard certainly is better than Mancini and Eriksson, who is rumored to be the next Mexican national team coach.

  tanuj lakhina

28 May 2008 at 23:04

I don't understand how even Sven Goran Eriksson gets into the picture with the like of Rjikaard,Mancini and certainly not Gus Hiddink.


28 May 2008 at 23:18

I read somewhere the respect for Sven increased in England after his successor McLaren failed to get England qualified for Euro. Though I differ from their views and believe Sven is good for nothing.

  tanuj lakhina

28 May 2008 at 23:23

Well I don't think he's useless but his sacking from Manchester City would be totally unfair considering he took Manchester city to a position which they had never achieved before.They did a double over Manchester United and came close to European place too.And still its not enough for the owner, Thaksin Shinawatra.Its shocking.


29 May 2008 at 11:32

@ Tanuj
I agree with you. Thaksin Shinawatra wants instane success but Eriksson is not Jose Mourinho. Be he should have been given more time in City

  tanuj lakhina

29 May 2008 at 11:54

Manchester City can never expect to win a title as long as they have this attitude.They don't have the squad which can do wonders overnight,insanity by the Thai owner.


29 May 2008 at 12:57

Man City can only get better I feel, with the likes of Elano, Micah and Petrov.

  tanuj lakhina

29 May 2008 at 13:05

Yeah Elano,Petrov,Micah and David Dunne,all are good for Man City.David Dunne is an absolutely awesome defender in my view.


29 May 2008 at 21:57

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29 May 2008 at 23:17

I believe Laudrudp will be the coach at the end of the day as the goal.com reports that mourinho has signed for inter milan which rules him out of the post at chelsea

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  tanuj lakhina

30 May 2008 at 01:38

I still think Rjikaard is going to be the man to win Chelsea the Champions League.
@yommys01,i would like to exchange links.would mail you.
Others,who would like to exchange links too I would love to.Mail me at tanujlakhina9@gmail.com


30 May 2008 at 15:28

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31 May 2008 at 19:41

I think it will be Rijkaard now thatr Ten Kate is ousted