Chelsea pursuit of a predecessor to Andre Villas-Boas took another twist as the Daily Mirror claim former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal has now emerged as a contender to take the reigns at the Bridge.
The 60-year-old Dutchman has been on a yearlong sabbatical but is now ready to return to a top job.
He believes he can recreate his success at his former clubs for Chelsea and is described as a no nonsense boss who will break any hint of player power.
Abramovich is known to want a strong character in charge to deal and cope with influential players like Terry and Drogba. Van Gaal would relish the prospect and boasts an impressive CV having won titles in Holland, Spain and Germany as well as the Champions League.
Appointing a strong character such as Van Gaal carries its own risk however as it is well documented that Chelsea players do not respond well to intimidation tactics or managers who try to change too much and alienate players.
That’s why there are better candidates for the job and the Daily Mirror also state Abramovich has been alerted to the availability of close friend and former interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.
Hiddink, who currently manages Anzi Makhachkala in Russia, has been quoted stating:
“I have a deal until the middle of June. Then the club and I both have the possibility to end the contract.
We will evaluate the situation in June. If we both feel like we want to carry on, we will.’’
The fact that Hiddink is a close friend of Abramovich, knows the players and the club and is available for free in the summer must be a major argument for him being front runner to take over at Chelsea.
It all depends on whether Abramovich wants to facilitate change or claim success. Does he stick behind his experienced players and freshen the squad up around them or would he prefer to move them on and start again?
If Roberto Di Matteo continues to do the fabulous job he has so far then surely he must also be a contender for the job as he also will cost Chelsea nothing.
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