It seems every season Chelsea are looking for a new manager, and with Rafael Benitez set to leave the club this summer, rumours linking the Blues with every manager under the sun have started to emerge.
A host of names have been linked including the great Jose Mourinho, Juventus boss Antonio Conte, Russia coach Fabio Capello, Chelsea legends Gus Poyet and Ginfranco Zola and even a bizarre claim by Glenn Hoddle, who suggested that Benitez may well be manager next season.
But, for me, two names have stood out: David Moyes and Roberto Martinez.
Moyes has done a remarkable job at Everton. From the minute he claimed it was “the people’s club” in Merseyside, he has gone from success to success at Everton, qualifying for the Champions League in 2005, reaching the FA Cup final in 2009 and winning the League Managers Association's Manager of the Year award on three occasions, all of which has been achieved with a very tight budget.
During his time at Everton his successes can be put partly down to his good transfer business. He has shown a shrewd eye in the transfer window, buying players such as Kevin Mirallas, Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini, Sylvain Distin, Joseph Yobo and Tim Cahill, all of who have shone in the Premier League.
Moyes is a long-term thinker; he has built Everton up over the years with a strong set of ideas being ingrained into the club’s philosophy, which does beg the question: is he right for Chelsea?
Abramovich is no stranger to making rash decisions, but given the time and, most importantly, a sizeable transfer budget, Chelsea could find their answer to Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger in Moyes.
Martinez is another manager who has got by on a small transfer budget, although it’s more his style of play and tactics that have made him such a success in the Premier League. Wigan have pulled the rabbit out of the hat on many occasions, surviving relegation in the most dramatic of fashions, but his free-flowing attacking football has caught the eye more.
It’s mouth-watering to think of what he can do with creative talents such as Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar, and perhaps if given the chance to work with such players, Martinez could become a big success.
The only problems with the two is that at their respective clubs, they have full support from Bill Kenwright and Dave Whelan to the extent they have been giving the freedom to apply their footballing philosophies on their clubs, meaning Abramovich would have to give a bit of leeway in terms of power at Chelsea.
But with the investment he can provide, Moyes and Martinez have all the qualities to be huge successes at Chelsea and may be looking for a bigger challenge in the future.
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