Who will replace Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea if, as expected, he loses his job in the Summer of 2011?
Apr 12, 2011 | 12 : 28 PM
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I think that the special one himself will come back to the Premier League, take over at Chelsea and finally fulfill his destiny of winning the Champions League with an English side. Mourinho will leave Real Madrid if he manages to win the Champions League, but he will also be fired if he doesnt. I think its dead certain he will be back.

2011-04-12 17:14:12
I'm currently undecided on Ancelotti, probably just in favour of him continuing and I think when you look at the events over the past two years, he probably deserves another season. In his first season, with very little transfer activity he secured the league and cup double. Zhirkov was signed for big money in the pre-season, but I would question how much Ancelloti was involved with that decision and suspect he may have been signed on the recomendation of the out-going Guus Hiddink. It was the first time chelsea had won the double and immediately elevated Ancelotti to a status held by very few managers throughout history. Not even the "special one" had achieved so highly in his first season. What was clear in the closed season following that success was a clear agenda to trim some senior, ageing squad players like Ballack, Carvalho and Belleti and replace them with a crop of young players emerging from Arnesen's academy. Van Ahnolt, Bruma, Kakuta, Sturridge and Mceachran were expected to make the step up. By Christmas, with injuries mounting, it became clear that whilst there was considerable talent, notably in Mceachran, there wasn't sufficent experience to plug the gaps in the squad and the team were floundering their way through the worst spell they had endured in years. David Luiz was added for big money as had Ramires been in the closed season, the latter has come on in leaps and bounds after a slightly shaky start and the impact Luiz has had is there for all to see. If these are his own signings they would appear to be very good pieces of business. Then we have Torres, whom I have decided to reserve judgement on until next season. I always recall the year we signed Denis Wise and Andy Townsend. Townsend slotted in immediately and was soon club captain, Wise was poor having moved all of about 5 miles down the road from Wimbledon. The following season he improved and went on to be the clubs most successful captain, prior to Terry. As to wether or not he's the owner's signing or Ancelotti's is unclear, but if Ambramovich knocked on my door and said" I've just bought you a present" I wouldn't be too disappointed if it turned out to be one of the worlds top strikers. I never fancied it myself as it presented a need to change tactics dramatically, and I think we lack a creative player in the mould of Modric who would bring the best out of Torres. Either way, I get the impression, that whilst Torres is undoubtedly a great striker, the money and the timing of the signing meant the pressure on both Torres and Ancelotti would be huge. Coming not long after the board's de stabilizing decision to push Ray Wilkins out, its proved to be another issue for Ancelotti to deal with and further more irritated the ego that is Drogba. I feel Ancelotti has been undermined by the club all season and based on last seasons double, a general need for continuity in football and the fact that for three months at the start of this season we played some of the best football I've ever seen at the Bridge I think Ancelotti deserves another crack next season with the aid of a decent right back and a creative playmaker. If he does go, my preferred choice would be Hiddink, whom I've always been a massive fan of. He's very astute and his teams are often very adaptable from a tactical perspective, something I think we have lacked, as we struggle every time we try something different to the 4 -3-3 Jose implemented. He also has a pedigree at the club, a good relationship with Abramovich and is respected by both the players and the fans after his short spell two years ago. I'm also a massive fan of Owen Coyle, slightly off the radar I suspect for Chelsea, but I get the impression that he will be destined for bigger and better things. Always makes an instant impact, with his teams playing good football and seems to do well with individual players, Elmander being a prime example. The usual suspects will be mentioned, Rikjard, Van Basten and Mourinho, the latter of whom I'm hoping won't return, but wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if he did. There's also a Mourinho protoge at Porto who's forging a serious repuatation for himself by blazing a remarkably similar trail to that of his mentor. Andre Villas Boas, a former assistant of mourhino at Chelsea has had a hugely impressive start to his managerial career and is starting to get linked with bigger jobs. Finally, Pep Guardiola has speculated next season may be his last at Barca, I doubt this to be true, but the idea of bringing in Hiddink for a year and handing over to Guardiola is another interesting prospect. However I do wonder how he'll fair outside of his Catalan comfort zone and without his astonishingly talented side.
2011-04-14 17:21:49

I agree - Jose to return to Stamford Bridge this Summer - otherwise stick with Carlo to manage the transition in replacing the old guard.

2011-04-15 14:37:31
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