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AVB’s Replacement Steps Quietly Out Of The Shadows

The Daily Mail has reported today that the current German national team coach Joachim Loew has emerged as a target for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as he continues his search for a ‘long-term’ successor to Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea have been linked with the Germany manager Loew, 52, but have denied any formal contact with the German who orchestrated England’s demolition at the 2010 World Cup. It had been claimed Abramovich had met with Loew at a luxury hotel in Geneva on Monday but Chelsea representatives deny these rumours.

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has heeded a warning to all potential Chelsea managers claiming:

“It will be hell for whoever succeeds him. The move to sack Villas-Boas is strange, but not so strange to me because of what I went through there. Some things are known, like the relations with the owner and his relationship with some of the players”.

“Villas-Boas is a champion and will continue to be. He needed to replace at least seven or eight players, even since I was there, but he failed”.

The Brazilian who endured a torrid 8 months in charge at Stamford Bridge also believes the next manager will have to bring in eight new players to make the club successful again.

The shortlist for the vacant Chelsea post seems to be growing by the day, but one thing is for sure the next manager will have to get the players on side quickly or risk feeling the wrath of Roman Abramovich.

Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Sunday after a poor run of form and just 24 hours removed from a devastating defeat at the Hawthorns.

It is believed the 33-year-old will not be mourned at Stamford Bridge, with reports stating none of the players and only a handful of ground staff spoke to him following his departure.

Jose Mourinho remains favourite to succeed but it is believed ‘the special one’ will only take over if he is given ‘total control’ of transfers and the training ground.

The Daily Mirror also claim today the Real Madrid boss will demand £12m a year plus funds made available in order to bring Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo with him. A rumour which is sure to excite all Chelsea fans, however, with Chelsea needing to rebuild a squad surely a £100m+ move for Ronaldo would be difficult.

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