Chelsea will be looking to appoint a new manager once Rafael Benitez's contract runs out at the end of the season. 

However, the question has to be whether anybody would be willing to take on the role given the amount of managers Chelsea have had and the turmoil that the club has found itself in recently.

Yes, they are an attractive proposition, given the money available to spend and the stature of the club, but the chances of any manager staying for a long period of time look bleak given the recent history.

Chelsea have employed some excellent managers but expectations have been so big, particularly from Roman Abramovich, that anything short of immediate success has not been good enough. True, Benitez does not have the best of records as Chelsea boss in terms of win percentages, but his stay has not been made any easier by both the supporters reaction to the ex-Liverpool boss and his tag of interim manager. Are not all managers interim these days?

So where do Chelsea go from here? Will Chelsea look to former boss Jose Mourinho to galvanise the club, or will they take a chance on a young up and coming manager like Gus Poyet, Michael Laudrup or Steve Clarke? If you were a young manager with great potential, would you really want the pressure to win instant silverware at such an early stage of your career? Looking at it purely in those terms, the Chelsea job would possibly be the worst choice for your career.

Who is really in charge at Chelsea and what freedom does a manager really have? Clearly Abramovich holds the purse strings but he also appears to influence some of Chelsea's signings, such as the signing of Andriy Shevchenko in 2006.

Abramovich has also appeared to have influenced the decision not to re-sign Frank Lampard. Like with most clubs, standards have to be set from the top. I don't see Manchester United leaving any issue which could have an affect on on-field performances.

Supporters will not wish to heavily criticise Abramovich as they may risk the danger of him pulling his substantial investment out of the club which has undoubtedly been the reason Chelsea are where they are today. 

Though, he needs to be more patient in his approach to his managers and just maybe this could be passed down to the club's supporters.

Chelsea now have the added problems of Manchester United moving on to another level this season and having been crowned European Champions last season, they have faced clubs who have upped their game against them.

Chelsea have a young side full of potential so many managers will want to have the opportunity to manage a squad full of this talent, but will the extra added baggage that comes with the role be worth it?


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