Who is most likely to follow Hiddink at Chelsea?

February 20, 2009

Interim Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink is adamant that he will be leaving at the end of the season to concentrate on the Russia job.

Chelsea fans who had been hoping the Dutchman would decide to stay must now start contemplating a fourth manager in two years.

Frank Rijkaard is unemployed and the style of football his Barcelona side managed when winning the Champions League in 2006 would definitely go down well at the Bridge, especially after some dour displays in recent times.

On the downside, the Dutchman had a little run in with Chelsea when they met Barca in Europe a few years back while his agent has said he is enjoying a break from the game.

Roberto Mancini also has great pedigree and would seem available having been sacked by Inter Milan at the end of last season despite leading them to a third straight scudetto.

His departure from Inter though was rather strange. He said he would quit in May after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 but changed his mind the next day.

Chelsea fans might fret about whether he would offer the stability needed. A messy resolution of his Inter contract is also ongoing and could complicate any future employment.

Carlo Ancelotti is another Italian who has been linked with Chelsea in the media. He held a meeting with Chelsea before Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed in the close season but decided to stay at AC Milan.

He has recently reaffirmed his desire to remain at the San Siro but if Milan, only fifth in Serie A last term, continue to stutter he could be out of a job come May.

They lost 2-1 to leaders Inter last weekend and are virtually out of the title race while Wednesday’s 1-1 UEFA Cup draw at Werder Bremen did not go down well with club owner Silvio Berlusconi.

He has won two European Cups with Milan but would Chelsea really want a coach who had just been sacked?

Bookmakers have given reasonably short odds on Avram Grant returning but given the way he was unceremoniously dumped after losing the Champions League final by the narrowest of margins, it would seem very strange for him to go back.

Any other contenders you think will end up at Chelsea? Inter’s Jose Mourinho has cheekily said he thinks he will one day go back to the Blues, but isn’t he really waiting for the Manchester United job?

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I can’t see Avram Grant coming back … but how about Jose Mourinho? He did hint that he’d consider it the other day… Could Abramovich swallow his pride and ask for him back? He’s the manager they need.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

I do not see eithter Avram Grant or Jose Mourinho coming back to the bridge. The question is would anyone risk coming here considering the fate met by Avram Grant and recently Scolari. As a true Chelsea fan, I would like to see Frank Rijkaard holding the top spot at Chelsea.

Posted by Tanmay Mirashi | Report as abusive

Sacking Scolari and bringing in a part-time replacement (no matter how good he is) has to be a mistake by Chelsea. Even if Hiddink wins on Saturday and brings the club some silverware, who is thinking about building for next season? Certainly not the person who will be in charge.

Mark, what do you think? I would love to hear what you have to say at View from the Terraces, where I blogged on the Hiddink debacle yesterday.

Cheers,

Charlie

Given the amount of money being paid out in compensation for terminated managerial contracts I would think the out of work managers will be climbing over each other for the job. Far from an untenable position, it is a win – win situation. Do well you get the success plaudits and the big salary, do badly and get sacked with a big pay off!

Posted by Graham | Report as abusive

i think chelsea should go in for Frank Rijkaard at the end of the season,he is a good coach with skills if guus hiddink refuse to stay,i will like chelsea midfielders and strikers shoot from outside the 18 yard box instead of entering the box when there are bunch of defenders in the box,if they do that they will score juventus and made their way forward,i will never quit supporting Chelsea,i will like to tell Chelsea fans that,’WHEN THERE IS LIFE THERE IS HOPE’let keep the fire burning

Posted by edmond lomotey | Report as abusive

I think that Rijkard and Ancelotti are the most likely because the first has good experience and no job at the moment while Milan’s coach is not doing well in the last two years and Berlusconi might sack him!!

Posted by claudia | Report as abusive

Chelsea should do everything they can do to keep Hiddink. He’s definitely one of the best coaches around.

I don’t think Chelsea will get an old ex-Chelsea coach back. They should look for someone with experience. I’d prefer a coach with good charisma. For example, I really liked Mourinho.

Chelsea is a good coach . He has good experience.

Chelsea is awesome, i love him and all my prayers for him only.