Chelsea next manager odds
Chelsea: Who’s Next
The Antonio Conte experiment, as I’m now going to call it, hasn’t really worked out exactly as planned. The Chelsea board expects big things from their managers with silverware the minimum most seasons. Chelsea have shown that they’re not afraid to get rid of a talented manager for not being successful even for 1 season. So this year has clearly been a disappointment for Conte and Chelsea are likely to look for his replacement. So who could be replacing Conte?
Enrique for a long time has been the favourite for the Chelsea job. He has had a long, illustrious career and he has been involved in football for 37 years. Enrique last coached Barcelona for 3 years before leaving in June 2017 at the end of his contract. Enrique has shown the ability to win, leading Barcelona to 9 trophies in the 3 years he was manager, including a champions league win against Juventus. However there is some speculation over whether Enrique will replace long time Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger if he ever decides to please arsenal fan TV and resigning to let Arsenal continue into the future.
The 71 year old has been managing since playing or managing for the last 51 years. He’s had 2 interim spells with Chelsea already, including being the bridge between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. Hiddink knows the Chelsea way so would easily fit into their scheme and could work with the players easily. He has proven he can win with Chelsea, however he hasn’t shown the ability to turn a big club into a winner over a longer period of time. If given the job it would be interesting to see how he would manage transfers and other transactions. Hiddink does seem like the safe option for Chelsea, with him they know what they’re getting.
The candidate with the most impressive back-round, Ancelotti has managed many different top level clubs and has shown his undeniable ability to win. Ancelotti’s two year stint with the club did not prove very successful, he did win 3 trophies in his first year but the next year he missed out on the premier league trophy by 9 points. They were knocked out of the FA cup and League cup by Everton and Newcastle respectively . He did manage to finally win the champions league but with Real Madrid 3 years after he left Chelsea. Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich only a month into his second season. Ancelotti would definitely change the culture at Chelsea.
Who doesn’t love a dark horse. Do I really need to go through his career at Chelsea. 429 appearances, 211 goals and becoming the club captain have been some of the highlights in Lampard’s career. Lampard has been said to be looking into getting his coaching qualifications and it could be interesting for Lampard to get a start with the club who made him an English hero. Would the Chelsea board feel nostalgic and take a risk to hire Lampard for his first managers job. Could this be a success or a massive failure. All I know is that it would be very interesting to see how Lampard handles Chelsea.