As far as a potential successor for Maurizio Sarri goes, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag would be perfect.
Ten Hag has done a fantastic job working with very young players at the Johan Cruyff Arena, something the next Chelsea boss might have to do given the west London club’s transfer ban.
On top of that, like Sarri, the 49-year-old also plays a very offensive game. On their way to the Eredivisie last season, Ajax scored a whopping 119 goals, 21 more than second-placed PSV Eindhoven.
From Chelsea’s perspective, a move for ten Hag makes so much sense. It, however, looks like any approach is likely to be unsuccessful, with Goal reporting that the Dutchman is cautious about the job in the Stamford Bridge dugout due to the transfer embargo.
It is probably not the only thing that will cause him and other candidates to have reservations, though. After all, this is a position that has chewed up and spat out three Premier League-winning managers.
The lack of stability for a coach such as ten Hag, who has already shown at Ajax that in the right conditions he is capable of building something, will surely be a turn off.
That, of course, has not stopped managers from taking the Chelsea job before so, ultimately, the transfer ban is the one real outstanding issue here.
Even a coach who is able to develop players in a quick and short space of time is likely to be crippled by the transfer embargo to a certain extent. For example, though Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham look like promising options, the next Chelsea boss will be going into next season without a real elite Premier League centre-forward.
Bearing that in mind, it would not be a surprise to see more than one person give Roman Abramovich a no thanks this summer.
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