Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2004, two things have been constant. Chelsea has continued to win trophies and sack managers. He is a person who lacks patience when it comes to managers. Though the Blues only finished 4th last year it was understandable given the circumstances in which Lampard took the job.
However, he is under serious pressure after Chelsea were completely outclassed by Manchester City. There was an enormous amount of gulf in class between the two teams. Abramovich would have expected Lampard to close the gap to Liverpool and City, but instead, they have fallen further down. With rumors of his dismissal continuing, here are four managers who could replace him as per The Express.
Four Manager Options for Chelsea
German is the most obvious choice here. PSG recently sacked Tuchel, and Mauricio Pochettino has come in as his replacement. He is available and he has a clear philosophy of how he wants to work. During his time at Dortmund and at PSG we also saw how he likes to set up his teams. Tuchel won the DFL Pokal Cup with Dortmund and reached the Champions League final.
However, there is one issue that might be a problem. There is no doubt that he is one of the best managers in world football. But he has a history of having uneasy relationships with the board. He lost his job at Dortmund and PSG because of this. Chelsea also doesn’t have a good history with such managers with Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte being examples of that.
There are very few managers who have achieved what Allegri achieved at Juventus. Except for the Champions League, Juve won everything. They also missed out on the Champions League narrowly, as they lost to Barca and Real Madrid in the final. During his five-year stay with the Old Lady, only Lazio managed to win the Coppa Italia once.
Apart from that, no team in Itlay managed to win anything. He is a tried and tested formula if Chelsea wants to win trophies. Currently, he is learning English as well and since leaving Juventus he hasn’t managed anywhere else. However the current Chelsea team has been set up to play more attacking football, Allegri is more defensive and pragmatic.
We have often called young players prodigy but Julian Nagelsmann is an exception to that. He is a prodigy but he is not a young player. The German has managed to establish RB Leipzig one of the best teams in Germany. It was under him the world saw the best of Timo Werner. It is actually very surprising to see that he is just 33 years old and doing so well.
However, it will be difficult to praise him away from Leipzig. Secondly like Lampard he also lacks experience at the top level. Though he has done well recently he still needs more time to gain top-level experience. Also, his arrival would mean a big change in the tactical way Chelsea set up.
Not many may know this but Brendon Rodgers actually started his coaching career with Chelsea. He was the academy head coach in 2004 based on Mourinho’s recommendation. Rodgers was close to winning the title with Liverpool in 2013 until the infamous Steven Gerrard’s slip. However, he was never really praised for his time at Liverpool.
The Irishman is back in Premier League with Leicester City and he has shown that his Liverpool success was no fluke. He is more experienced than Lampard and under the Foxes have constantly played expansive attacking football. Though in his trophy cabinet there aren’t any big ones. Also, Leicester City will make it very difficult to sign him for Chelsea.
12th Man Recommendation
Chelsea should go for Laurent Blanc. He is experienced, he is available, he can speak English and he has won trophies. Blanc managed Boredux and won the Ligue 1 twice, he has managed PSG and the French national team as well. The former Manchester United defender also played for Barca and his teams often playing expansive attacking football.
Given a current lot of players at Chelsea, he would be the perfect manager. He can win trophies and under him, the Blues can play expansive football. Under Lampard, they want to play that kind of football but it looks like they lack the know-how. Blanc can give them that edge, also he is avilable for free. It was under him the French national team made a comeback before Deschamps took them to the next level.