What do Chelsea want in a new manager?
Proven title success? History of dealing with the world's best players? Been there and done it at Stamford Bridge? Yes Carlo Ancelotti ticks all the boxes.
Rafa Benitez may maintain he can bring the good times back to Chelsea, but few believe it. In fact he seems to be one catastrophic result away from the sack, and even if they finish in the top four this season it's unlikely his contract will be renewed.
The club missed out on tempting Pep Guardiola, and Jurgen Klopp yesterday admitted he had no intention of leaving Dortmund. Top coaches are thin on the ground, so Chelsea are already looking back over their past employees to take them forward.
Jose Mourinho 'the Special one' is a manager who has unfinished business at the Bridge, but he left under a cloud after differences with Roman Abramovich made their working relationship irreparable.
As has been seen at Real Madrid, Mourinho likes to get him employers' backs up, whether intentional or not, and despite promises from Abramovich, it would surely end in tears again.
Mourinho has other options too, he is tempted to hold out for the Manchester United post, could surprise everybody by remaining at Real, or more likely will head to French league leaders PSG.
The current manager of PSG is Carlo Ancelotti, who admitted yesterday it was unlikely his contract which expires on June 30, would be renewed.
It appears that PSG have somebody lined up already, and it probably is Jose, so Abramovich should do the sensible thing and re-hire Ancelotti.
Ancelotti spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge, which haven't been bettered since he left. In his first, he won the double. Quite remarkable. He also finished second in his following season; this was decried as not good enough but second place would like quite good to the Blues right about now.
The reason he was sacked was largely due to his inability to get Torres firing, but given the fact no other manager has cracked it either, Ancelotti's first move when arriving can be to sell the under-performing forward.
He can then bring back Romelu Lukaku to perform the same role Didier Drogba did so successfully under him and help lead the attack. Ancelotti will likely go out on a high at PSG as a champion, and his stock will be high, a return to Chelsea makes perfect sense.
It may be a relationship Abramovich finds easier to repair than the one with Mourinho, and because he has managed this Chelsea side more recently than the 'Special One', Ancelotti would find it easier to go straight in and get re-started.
He has unfinished business at Stamford Bridge, and surely few fans would rather see Benitez in charge than the Italian.
A further twist is that Ancelotti has been linked with the Real Madrid manager's job, replacing Mourinho again. Chelsea would do well to act quickly and make him an offer he can't refuse, rather than gambling on what Jose might decide.
Chelsea fans what do you think? Should Chelsea bring back Ancelotti?
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