Fabio Capello could make an immediate return to management, with a sensational move to Chelsea on the cards, according to The Sun.
Chelsea are currently sitting in fourth position, and boss Andre Villas-Boas is really beginning to feel the heat following some training ground visits from owner Roman Abramovich.
These visits appear to be a reaction to Chelsea throwing away a three goal lead against Manchester United last weekend. AVB has endured a frustrating start to life in England, with his attempts to transform an aging side not going quite as smoothly as expected.
Abramovich paid an incredible £13.3 million to acquire the services of the Portugese tactician, making Villas-Boas the most expensive manager in footballing history.
This sort of money is loose change to Abramovich, who will have no qualms about showing his manager the exit door if he fails to deliver a top-four finish. With Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool all hot on Chelsea’s heels, it’s anything but certain.
Abramovich has a proven track record of chopping and changing managers whenever things start going badly. Luiz Felipe Scolari was in the same position as AVB, uncertain of making the top four, and look what happened to him back in 2009.
Capello is seen as an ideal replacement. A truly world-class manager, the sixty-five year old Italian has won seven domestic titles, as well as guiding AC Milan to Champions League success in 1994. Despite his critics, of whom there are many, Capello has the highest win ratio of any manager ever to be given the England job on a permanent basis.
Could Abramovich be tempted? Chelsea won their last trophy under the guidance of an Italian back in 2010, who’s to say that Capello won’t continue that tradition?
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