Chelsea’s interim manager Benitez confirmed that he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, much to the relief of fans who never accepted him in the first place.
In a press conference this week, Benitez vented his frustration of a lack of support from the fans and his hate for the interim tag and eased the worries that his position could be made permanent.
According to bookmakers, Jose Mourinho is odds on to come back home. Although, this is a huge possibility there’s a chance that Mourinho might stay at Real Madrid especially if he leads Los Blancos to their tenth Champions league trophy. The question is, what other candidates will be gunning for the manager spot at Stamford Bridge?
It is not secret to know that Roman Abramovich is a huge fan of Pep Guardiola but the ex Barca manager has rejected the chance to manage Chelsea but has instead opted to Bayern Munich citing Roman’s impatience and lack of stability as his prime reasons behind choosing the latter.
Roman is an admirer of Barca’s “tiki taka” football. His quest to emulate them is evident with the signing of players like Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. So, who can fill the role?
Jürgen Klopp | Borrusia Dortmund
The German is amongst the best young coaches in Europe. He secured a domestic double over Bayern Munich in 2012 by playing a thrilling brand of football.
This season, he led Dortmund to the top of their group in the Champions league ahead of Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax, and are in a fighting chance of a spot in the quarter-finals.
Klopp would be the perfect manager for Chelsea, however, he recently outlined his commitment to Dortmund: “I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see”.
Therefore, there’s next to no chance of seeing Klopp at the helm for Chelsea next season but currently 17 points adrift of Bayern Munich in the league there might be a change of heart.
Michael Laudrup | Swansea
You’ll only have to see Swansea play this season to understand why Chelsea would be after Laudrup. Dubbed as the British Barca, Swansea’s quick passing and movement has been exceptional all season.
Similarly to Klopp, Laudrup has committed his future to Swansea and rightly so because he is not ready to manage a big club like Chelsea as he hasn’t got the experience yet.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid player, however, has plenty of potential, has he proved by guiding the Swans to the first major trophy in their history, with a League Cup triumph at Wembley.
David Moyes | Everton
David Moyes is considered a front-runner to be the next Chelsea manager according to the bookmakers, and the Blues position would be reward for a decade of over-achieving with Everton.
The Scot is out of contract at the end of the season, so no comepensation would be needed - not that would be a worry to Chelsea.
However, many view him as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement once the Manchester United manager decides to retire.
Diego Simone | Atletico Madrid
Simeone has propelled Atletico Madrid to second place in La liga above their archrivals Real Madrid.
The former Argentina international also led Atleti to the Europa League last season, and his stock as a manager continues to rise.
His relationship with Falcao could help Chelsea land their number one summer target.
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