How past ghosts in 2013/14 could see Roman Abramovich and Chelsea's nightmare unfold

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How about this for a worst case scenario for Chelsea and Roman Abramovich...

Roman Abramovich is a man who does not like to be wrong. Evidence his staunch loyalty to Fernando Torres, and the way he failed to commit to Roberto di Matteo, a man who he never really wanted to instil as boss in the first place, effectively being backed into a corner by the club's surprise Champions League success.

If you indulge us for a moment, as we cast our minds ahead to the 2013/14 season (yes we know this one is far from over yet), could the stars be aligning for an Abramovich Nightmare?

There are plenty of wronged bosses who would love to prove him wrong, and next year the perfect storm could see them do just that.

Exhibit one: Andre Villas-Boas

The Portuguese boss was sacked after just 27 league games as Chelsea manager, at more or less the first sign of trouble. Since then AVB has rebuilt his reputation, steadying a rocky Tottenham ship and helping them to third in the league, two points above Chelsea.

Now presuming Spurs do hang onto Gareth Bale, and splash the cash this summer to build the team around him, is it too fanciful to suggest Tottenham as potential league winners next season?

Now in my lifetime I have never seen Tottenham win the league, and nor have many more aged than myself, but if Spurs continue their current progression then they will be putting together a title push sooner rather than later if they get the right investment, and Villas-Boas is well capable of achieving it, a league winner in Portugal and Europa League champion too.

If the unthinkable happened and AVB won the Premier League next year, Abramovich would be seriously unimpressed.

Exhibit two: Luiz Scolari

Luiz Scolari was perhaps Chelsea's biggest disappointment as boss. He came in as a World Cup winner with a big reputation and failed to last asingle season, given even less time at the helm than AVB.

Scolari is back managing Brazil, and while recent results including a Wembley defeat to England, have worked against them, come the World Cup at the end of the season in 2014, you can bet they will have found form.

With the whole country working behind them, as hosts, Brazil will surely be the favourites to win the tournament, and Scolari can rebuild his reputation. Again if he were to win a second World Cup trophy, it would really make Abramovich question quite where it all went wrong.

Exhibit three: Rafa Benitez

Now this may momentarily make Chelsea fans smile, the thought of Rafa managing elsewhere. He confirmed he would be leaving last night, but can you bet he will not haunt Chelsea from elsewhere?

Fast-forward to this summer; Brendan Rodgers is sacked as Liverpool manager after a wretched end to this season. Chelsea dismiss Benitez and the Spaniard takes over back at Anfield and brings Fernando Torres with him.

Now fast-forward to the end of 2013/14, Liverpool vs Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. Chelsea are 1-0 up through a Luis Suarez own goal. Rafa Benitez produces a tactical masterstroke and brings Chelsea old-boys Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge off the bench. Both grab a goal each and Torres the winner, and Benitez is hailed as a hero as Liverpool win the cup and Chelsea finish the season trophyless.

Now what might really happen...

We've just been having a bit of fun, but how unthinkable are the above? We haven't pushed it too far and suggested Avram Grant come back and win a trophy, although perhaps Tottenham winning the league is a bit far-fetched?

In fact it could be a ghost of the past who SAVES Chelsea. If Abramovich swallows his pride and brings back Jose Mourinho, he may be celebrating in 2014 rather than crying into his expensive jacket.

How do you see the future of Chelsea and the coaches concerned transpiring?

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