He’s not even gone yet, and there is also no strong rumours coming out of the club that Jose Mourinho is even going to get sacked, but there is already ‘Next Chelsea Manager’ betting markets available.
The man who is favourite to be next Chelsea manager in the event of Jose Mourinho being the next manger to leave his post is Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently a best price of 6/1 with Ladbrokes (£50.00 Free Bet Here) to replace the Portuguese.
Next comes his old adversity from his time in Spain, Pep Guardiola, who is a best price of 8/1 with Skybet. Diego Simone is third in the betting at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, with Brendan Rodgers in fourth place at a best price of 18/1 with Skybet.
Here we take a look at the credentials of the four main contenders.
Carlo Ancelotti – The Italian is widely regarded to have been very unlucky to have lost his job first time round at Chelsea, and his treatment may be one of the main reasons whys he might be more than just a bit reluctant to want to go back to the Bridge.
One of the reasons rumoured to be behind the Italian’s sacking, was because he was perceived to have failed in the Champions League. This is despite the fact that Ancelotti is one of only two managers in history to have won the Champions League three times.
Personally I would be surprised if the Italian was prepared to swallow his pride and go back to the club. Ancelotti doesn’t need to take the risk. He is widely respected throughout football, and he knows that the offer of a top job somewhere is waiting just around the corner.
Pep Guardiola – I just don’t see this one happening during the season. According to reports in the past (and I don’t know how accurate these reports were), Guardiola wasn’t interested in the job, as he didn’t like the way Chelsea went about their business (not my words, any Chelsea fans reading).
The reports in the media when Guardiola was taking his sabbatical after finishing at Barcelona, were that he wouldn’t take the job at any price.
I also can’t see any way in the world that Guardiola would walk out on his job at Bayern Munich half way through a season, it’s not as if things are going badly in Bavaria either.
The only way Pep might take this job is if it becomes available at the end of the season, and Guardiola and Bayern have decided to part company, amicably. I can’t see Pep forcing through a move to Chelsea, why would he?
Diego Simeone – The Argentine is in a similar mould to Mourinho footballing wise, maybe he is more defensive, but he can tactically set up a team in a manner only Mourinho can.
Would Abramovich want a manager who plays more entertaining football? Who knows. One thing that is for certain is that Simeone could work with the players in the same sort of manner that Mourinho does.
The downside to this though, is that a reason why things aren’t currently working for Mourinho could be because the players want to be more attacking? Maybe part of the problem is that players like Hazard and Fabregas have had enough of playing with the shackles on?
With Simeone never having managed at the top, top level (no disrespect to Atletico Madrid), I reckon he wouldn’t hesitate to jump ship if the opportunity came along.
Brendan Rodgers – Treated with disdain by some sections of Liverpool fans, despite nearly winning them the league two seasons back (according to some, it was nothing to do with Rodgers). And some might be asking why the Irishman is even a runner in this market?
Well, I believe the answer to that question is for a few reasons. Firstly, he would take the job should it become available (something that couldn’t be guaranteed with two of the above three), there can be little doubt about that. Second, he has Chelsea connections, and I would imagine he is well thought of, and respected within the club.
Thirdly, in manners similar to those of Roberto di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and maybe even Avram Grant, Rodgers is the sort of manager who you could see ‘keeping the seat warm’ until the real target (ie, Pep) became available at the end of the season, and for these reasons I believe he could be a serious contender.
In the event of Chelsea handing Rodgers an 18 or 30 month contract, they would have no problem or hesitation in sacking him after 6 months if Pep Guardiola became available.