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Who's Mad Enough To Become Chelsea's Next Manager?

chelsea manager bingo Who's Mad Enough To Become Chelsea's Next Manager?Have you ever worked for one of those bosses who is almost impossible to please no matter how hard you try? You work, work, work and the ogre still isn’t satisfied. If so, you have an inkling of how it must have felt for Jose Mourinho or Avram Grant managing Chelsea and failing to impress Roman Abramovich.

So it comes as no surprise that there are few managers knocking on the door at Stamford Bridge especially after the way Grant was harshly treated. AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti dismissed the opportunity. Mark Hughes, rumored to have been on Chelsea’s short-list, joined Manchester City, while Roma manager Luciano Spalletti has said no.

That leaves a list rumored to contain Rijkaard, Scolari, Mancini, Laudrup and Christ.

I’m joking about the last contender but it does make you wonder if any manager can live up to the expectations of the Russian owner. The pressure is so intense than even a reported salary of £7 million a year can’t convince a manager to take the job.

Really, is it any surprise that Grant was so dour during his reign and is there any manager who can exceed what Jose Mourinho accomplished? And, oh yeah, can they do it with the panache that Man United did it with this season that Chelsea so wants to imitate?

If a couple more high profile managers refuse the Chelsea management job, Peter Kenyon and Abramovich risk turning their club into a laughing stock. Heck, even Chelsea Pies is beginning the lampoon the hunt for the next Chelsea manager.

If you were Peter Kenyon or Roman Abramovich, who would you approach to be manager of Chelsea and why? Please share your thoughts below.

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6 Responses to Who's Mad Enough To Become Chelsea's Next Manager?

  1. Hedi says:

    I’ll point Zola. He speaks english well and is a legend for Chelsea. As an owner and director, I ‘ll give him an independency and full charge in squad for his first season.

  2. brett says:


  3. I would prefer GIANFRANCO ZOLA, he is all-time legends for Chelsea fans and he is not only the Special One but also the Perfect One who can recall our good image back to Chelsea Football Club. Beware! Roman and Kenyon must stop being involved in the team affairs if they want Success to come at Stamford Bridge. Otherwise, even Zola the Great still not able to push himself moving to work under this Roman’s era.

  4. betsy's bolton bum baster says:

    Jürgen Klinsmann is going to be Bayern Munich coach next season beginning in July 2008. It has already been arranged.

  5. damir says:

    scolari, klingsman, van basten won’t do it.

    I’ll do it… hit me Roman, I got what it takes.

    It won’t be ZOLA because they want immediate results (encase you can’t tell), and a new manager doesn’t offer them success right away as he has to get acquainted and fit in first.

    Ottmar Hitzfeld…?
    I know he’s going to the Swiss but money is a big tool…

  6. Patrick says:

    The next manager of Chelsea will be Slaven Bilic. He has Croatia playing attractive football, he is familiar with the English game, and he has a fair amount of Jose’s charisma with none of the controversy that wore out his welcome. Chelsea is merely waiting until the end of Euro 2008 to appoint him.

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