Chelsea should beware their dream to see Didier Drogba to return again given the way Ryan Giggs’ spell at Manchester United is working out.
United appointed the Welshman as assistant to Louis van Gaal, but with every blow to the Dutchman’s armour resulting in louder calls for Giggs to succeed him in the top job.
It has provided an unwanted distraction, bolstered by claims that United want Giggs to manage Gareth Bale, and the retired winger is still close to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.
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His very influence hinders the Red Devils, and Chelsea must avoid the same mistake with Drogba given he was part of successful sides also consisting of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires.
The Blues legend is rumoured to be coming back to help Guus Hiddink clear up the mess left to him by Jose Mourinho.
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He is currently plying his trade in the MLS, having been released by Mourinho in the summer, and has shone for Montreal Impact by scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances.
The 37-year-old is now in talks with the club on whether to retire and instead join Hiddink’s coaching staff, returning to the club for the third time.
During his first spell at the club, Drogba was the club’s focal point and usually delivered in the biggest games both in England and in Europe.
The Ivory Coast forward’s finest moment came against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 2012, where he scored a last minute header to force extra-time before converting the winning penalty in the shootout.
He also won the Golden Boot the year the club won the league and FA Cup double, netting in the final of the latter against Avram Grant’s Portsmouth in Carlo Ancelotti’s first year at the club.
When he returned in the summer of 2014 he still found the net seven times from 40 appearances, and he usurped the exploits of Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Hernan Crespo during his time in the capital.
United’s biggest faux pas remains giving Giggs a coaching role under David Moyes, with the player failing to score under the Scot before succeeding him with four games remaining of the season.
With Van Gaal struggling to maintain a title challenge, talk has been rife about another change in management due to their dream to have the same stability as the days when Sir Alex Ferguson occupied the helm.
Drogba returning would delight many supporters, but would not necessarily be the right move. If Hiddink begins to struggle, how long until the sentimental call for the club’s most influential forward to take the reins?