The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern want Roman Abramovich to replace Antonio Conte this summer, and they want a young, revolutionary manager to come in. Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the post by Sky Sports over the last few days, but our landlord thinks that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe would be a far better choice.
Howe has enjoyed a fantastic few years at Bournemouth, steadily bringing the club up the ranks and solidifying their place in the English top flight. He’s done fantastic things with a very limited budget, and with Chelsea’s purse strings pulled tight at the moment, someone as frugal as Howe would undoubtedly delight Abramovich.
At just 40-years-old, he’s also a very young manager, and that brings with it a natural zest for new methods and tactics. Chelsea have often moved for battle-worn managers that are proven at many levels – and whilst Howe doesn’t bring that sort of experience, his lack of experience could be exactly what Chelsea need. He’d bring in new methods and a fresh style, and with Chelsea needing to enter a bit of a new era, Howe could provide that new lease on life that the club needs.
You also can point towards his utilisation of young players. Chelsea need to start bringing through young players, and in Howe they would find a manager that is always keen to place an emphasis on that. This not only would get Chelsea’s young players involved, but it would also, again, reduce the need for big spending.
Another point worth mentioning, and one that is often ignored, is the way that he carries himself. Though fantastic managers, both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have been divisive, both with players and with fans, and that has in part led to their respective downfalls. In Howe, the Blues public relations team would have an easy time, and there would be no concerns that he would split the dressing room.
It would be a risk, but a move for Howe makes perfect sense for Chelsea.
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