After the sacking of Andre villas Boas, the hot question for everyone has been who will be the next manager of Chelsea?
There has been a lot of debate and experts have put forward their opinions about the ideal candidate. However, Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea FC ended all speculations when he expressed his desired of singing the current manager of Barcelona.
The chances are extremely slim that Pep Guardiola will leave Barcelona but you never know in the world of football. Roman Abramovich is a headstrong person and he won’t back away so easily. He will continue his efforts to sign the manager of Barcelona till Guardiola himself signs a contract extension with Barcelona.
The current contract of Guardiola will expire at the end of June and he is currently talking about taking a year break from football. This will be seen as a positive sign for Abramovich who will try to convince Guardiola to join his team.
If we think about it, the most obvious choice for Abramovich seems Jose Mourinho. The special one knows the team and it was under him that the team truly thrived. However, in the battle of egos, the decision of Abramovich will be tantamount to admitting his mistake of sacking the Portuguese earlier. This may very well be the case as Chelsea really has been struggling ever since Jose Mourinho left and the Chelsea tickets sale has also declined. During the era of Mourinho, Chelsea fans used to rush to get their Chelsea FC Tickets to see their team at the top of their form. It was under him that the team thoroughly dominated the league for two straight years.
Perhaps, the reason that Abramovich is seeking Guardiola is to prove that Guardiola is the superior coach since Mourinho has struggled tremendously in their head-to-head matches against Barcelona. Furthermore, if Guardiola joins Chelsea and elevates it to a new level of success, this will overshadow the earlier achievements of Mourinho.
The most interesting part of this debate is that Guardiola himself has confessed to his friends that he finds the prospect of being a Premier League manager to be attractive. Guardiola speaks fluent English and is interested in living in England. He finds the political environment of Barcelona and the high expectations at Barcelona a strain and is currently considering taking a year off from football.
He is an adored personality in Barcelona and hence, there has been increased pressure on him to stay with the club. This leaves him in an extremely good position as he has substantial bargaining power. Even though, he may not go to Chelsea but he will use that in his favor to improve his position.
It will be interesting to see how things will go from here. The club of Chelsea is at a crucial stage as many of the senior players are ready to leave the club. There has also been doubt casted over the future of players like Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. Chelsea is chasing a lot of players and all set to revamp its team. However, will it wait for a new manager before making the signings or will it go ahead with the signings anyway? This remains to be seen.
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