Chelsea managers in the past have always been “under pressure” and under “intense scrutiny” over the years, but none more so than Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri has been doing well, especially at the start of the season, but in recent weeks, his Chelsea side have been struggling, and results such as being thumped 6-0 by Manchester City, and a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth do little to help the cause, which has led to widespread speculation that Sarri could be sacked soon.
But why? His tactics, commonly known as “Sarriball” haven’t won over the fans, with the home support venting their fury following his sides FA Cup exit at home to Manchester United.
Could his time be up? If so, which managers could replace him? We take a look at who could be the umpteenth manager at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003.
Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, and Zinedine Zidane are just four of the high profile names being linked with the job.
We’ll start alphabetically, and go with current Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino – who has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford, doesn’t have trophies to his name, but does get the best out of players, and will surely be likewise at Chelsea.
Since coming to the Premier League, Pochettino has somewhat overachieved at Southampton, guiding them to an 8th place finish before going on to manage in London where he has turned Spurs’ from being happy with a top-four finish to title challengers. This season has been difficult with stadium issues being a stumbling block, coupled with not being able to spend money in either transfer windows. So either issue hasn’t helped, but so far, he has shown that he can pull through difficult situations.
Next up, its the animated Diego Simeone. He’s been linked with the post in the past, so its no surprise his name crops up again. Unlike his Argentinian compatriot, Simeone does have titles to his name, having won two Europa League titles (2012 & 2018), one league title (2014), and one Copa del Rey (2011). Oh, on top of those, he’s also overseen his side win one Spanish Super Cup (2014), two UEFA Super Cups (2012 & 2018), and two runners-up finishes in the Champions League (2014 & 2016).
His current side has gone from strength to strength over the years, from being a Spanish equivalent of Tottenham Hotspur (in my opinion anyway) to muscling with the big boys. He has also shown that he has what it takes to compete at the top, especially as he’s very good at competing in bad situations.
Arsene Wenger – this sounds like an odd one as being an Arsenal fan, I can’t picture Wenger managing another Premier League club.
He has an eye for young talent, and would get the best out of players like Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi (with the latter not getting much game time). He was under intense scrutiny in his last few years, but has often produced good results, even when up against it.
It would be rather strange to see him at a different Premier League club. Imagine a slightly young Sir Alex Ferguson rocking up at Tottenham Hotspur? Yes, it’s THAT strange!
Lastly, Zinedine Zidane. – He has been a surprise package, having not had managerial experience prior to taking over the reigns at Real Madrid (however he did coach the youth side,
Having won three successive Champions League titles, one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups, his CV shows why he’s a strong candidate. His tactics show that he’s one who plays interesting football that’ll get fans up on their seats. He’s not a “park the bus” sort of manager.
As I was typing this, news came that Chelsea have been banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows, and that’s something that may turn off managers I’ve put in this list, but maybe not Pochettino (or Wenger) so they can step forward.
But that’s just my view. Which manager do you think is best suited to potentially replace under pressure Maurizio Sarri?
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