Chelsea’s Premier League win last season ignited talks about Jose Mourinho doing something he had not done before in his career which was to maintain a long term reign and build a dynasty where his Chelsea team will dominate the Premier League just as United’s Sir Alex did. The manner and ruthlessness in which Chelsea won the league last season suggested that the Blues were quite on their way to EPL dominance.
However, the arrival of the new EPL season has dispelled any talks of Chelsea dominating the league anytime soon as the Blues have suffered their worst start to the Premier League in 17 years. No particular reason can be pointed out to be the fault with Chelsea’s drastic downfall this season but one thing definite thing is that the Blues need to pick up themselves as soon as possible or else questions will soon be asked.
We do not expect Chelsea owner Roman Abrahomvich to start wielding the axe over Jose Mourinho’s head just yet but Chelsea’s failure to turn their horrendous season around could see the Portuguese manager depart from the club for the second time. In the event that this happens here are 5 possible managers to replace the Special one at Chelsea.
Diego Simeone – If Roman Abrahamovich really does have a thing for managers who can ‘park the bus’ then Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be the perfect choice to replace Mourinho. The Argentine rise to prominence has been somewhat of a fairytale amassing a total of five trophies in just 4 years at the club including breaking Real Madrid and Barcelona’s dominance of the La Liga title. Diego Simeone can be said to be a fiery character who has a way of getting the best out of his players. The Argentine possesses some similar traits with Jose Mourinho and seems like the best choice to replace the Portuguese man in the event of his departure.
Laurent Blanc – Another man in contention to replace Mourinho is PSG’s manager Laurent Blanc. Despite having a short stint in charge of France, Blanc has found success at the club level managing PSG winning everything there is to win domestically. However, some doubts may be raised over the Frenchman’s credibility to lead Chelsea having failed to prove himself continentally.
Joachim Low – Many might know the German boss due to his recent success with the national team but many might not know he managed a couple of club sides before moving to the national level. The German has seen himself rise to prominence due to the recent World Cup success by Germany. This World cup conquest has put the German in the race to succeed Mourinho however it will take a really huge tempting offer to lure Low back to Club football. Low’s ability to successfully blend a team of experienced players with youthfulness as he has done with the German team will be extremely welcomed at Chelsea.
Luis Enrique – The Barcelona manager did wonders last season by turning around Barcelona’s terrible season to guiding them to a treble. Many fans are so caught up in the joy of winning a treble that many have forgotten how much they called for Enrique’s head when Barcelona was under performing mid way into the season. Nevertheless, Barcelona’s Luis Enrique certainly has the pedigree to manage Chelsea if the opportunity presents itself. If Enrique continues to prove himself at Barcelona , he could force Chelsea owner Roman Abrahamovich into making a move for him.
Massimiliano Allegri – Lastly on the list is Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. After his disastrous spell with Milan, many expected the same when he took charge at Juventus but like Enrique he proved the pundits wrong. The Italian led Juventus to an amazing trophy double last season while also guiding them to the Champions League final, which saw them defeat Real Madrid in the semis. The Italian is young and has proven his ability to manage big personalities. Chelsea is home to a lot of big personalities and with Allegri’s ability to manage them, it puts the Italian on the list of potential managers to replace Jose Mourinho.