Next season we will once again be waiting to see a new man at the helm of Chelsea FC’s first team affairs. This season started with Roberto Di Matteo in charge, who despite finally bringing the much-coveted Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge to the pleasure of Roman Abramovich, was relieved of his duties earlier this season.
You never really believed Abramovich wanted Di Matteo at the club from the outset but after European glory he had no choice; but at the very first opportunity he was given the boot.
Now sits in his place Rafa Benitez, the much maligned ‘interim’ manager who has made it very clear that he, nor the fans nor the club want him to carry on his duties beyond the Sunday 19th May fixture with Everton at Stamford Bridge (or indeed a Europa League final in Amsterdam).
But with Benitez going Chelsea are quite literally running out of world-class managers to give the job to. Even the ones that are left such as Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund have made it very clear that this is no dream job. Abramovich’s hire and fire attitude has made the Chelsea hot-seat as about as popular a chair as the throne of Dionysius II in the fabled ‘Sword of Damocles’ tale.
Therefore he has had to return to the very beginning of his extremely overused drawing board. It seems after six years and seven managers that the wish of the Russian billionaire is to return to Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese looks all set to leave Real Madrid after a tumultuous relationship with the Spanish media, the clubs fans and some of their stalwart players such as Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
But it seems Chelsea are not the only team after his signature as it appears another Russian billionaire is trying to lure Mourinho to his club.
So could ‘The Special One’ take over at AS Monaco?
No… he has already claimed a desire to manage in England again next and quite frankly anyone who is anyone has been linked with a move to Monaco in recent months. This is despite the admittedly affluent club not having anything near the amount of money available as people might think.
The real story here is poor Claudio Ranieri.
The Italian was manager at Chelsea from 2000 to 2004 and took them to the Champions League semi-final in 2004; coincidentally against Monaco. Monaco lost the final to Porto managed of course by none other than Senhor Mourinho his self.
Ranieri was binned in the summer and Mourinho was brought in.
Now the Italian is manager at Monaco and has led the club back to an imminent Ligue 1 promotion and potential championship win.
So hearing that Mourinho is on the verge of taking his job away once again must make the mild-mannered 61-year-old boil with an unfortunate resemblance to matters in 2004.
Does Ranieri deserve a chance to take Monaco into Ligue 1?
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