After yet another defeat for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team this week, rumours have now circulated Carlo Ancelotti might consider a return to Stamford Bridge. A surprising development, given how he was treated so harshly during his first spell at the club.
Sacked a year after winning the domestic double with the Blues, Ancelotti has developed a fantastic CV and managed some of the biggest clubs in the world.
His impressive record and availability have put managers at top clubs across Europe under increased pressure. However, the Stamford Bridge outfit remain favourites to land his signature and many would argue he could be the perfect fit should a vacancy arise.
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Firstly, he already knows the club and many of the experienced players remain from his first reign. Having built a reputation as an excellent man-manager, who better to improve morale and get the best out of Chelsea’s underperforming key players.
Secondly - unlike Mourinho - he is an immaculate professional, so will take some of the heat away from the club by bringing a calm, steady presence. This is something desperately required, as with each passing week a new headline threatens to unsettle the dressing room.
Thirdly, the Italian is already well-accustomed to English football. While the Premier League may have become more competitive since his departure four years ago, it should not take long to readjust to the trials and tribulations of managing the west London club to success.
If Mourinho loses his job - which would still be considered a shock, regardless of recent form - Ancelotti will rightly be branded as one of the frontrunners to take over. The likelihood of luring Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich would appear slim on the evidence of recent press conferences.
It is difficult to think of a better match than a former manager who, like the current boss, has an innate ability to win trophies.