It’s fair to say that after the UEFA Europa League success, it wouldn’t be an easy task to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Yes, there have been some obvious frustrations amongst the fanbase at times this season, but a third-placed finish and a continental crown in his first season in charge makes pretty good reading.
Indeed, with the transfer ban potentially restricting the signing of new players, surely the Chelsea job is looking like a fairly daunting task right now.
Still, it remains one of the biggest clubs in the world and turning to someone with experience in the Premier League might be a way to go if a vacancy does open up. According to The Express, the Blues are apparently eyeing a potential move for Nuno Espirito Santo as their manager if Maurizio Sarri possibly leaves for Juventus, and in our minds, he’d be perfect to bring the glory days back to Stamford Bridge considering his success at Wolves.
Obviously, when you look at his impact at Wolves, who he won promotion into the Premier League with, achieved Europa League qualification and claimed 16 out of a possible 36 points against top-six oppositions, it’s not hard to see why those in SW6 might be keen.
ESPN Pundit Steven Nicol also recently indicated (via Tribuna) that Santo’s track record makes him a fit for Chelsea, after all.
Now, the Portuguese himself shrugged off a move in January (via the Sun), stating he’s happy at Wolves. However, when a heavyweight like Chelsea comes, it might be hard for anyone to reject them. There are very few superclubs in the world and, while there are difficulties behind the scenes in terms of the ban right now, Chelsea could fairly consider themselves one of them.
The 45-year-old’s impressive 60% win rate, along with his work in integrating top talents such as Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota with a Championship squad last season speak to an impressive coaching ability. Former boss Jose Mourinho talked him up earlier this season and the fact he has previously managed the likes of Valencia and Porto show an experience at big clubs.
Prior to taking the Old Gold up last season, the Portuguese spoke of his ability to coach players rather than rely on big-money signings, something that could really help Chelsea right now. Clearly, the outcome of their recent appeal to CAS remains to be seen as they await their fate on the transfer front but if they can’t make any additions, a coach to get the best out of existing talent is obviously what they’ll require.
Roman Abramovich struck gold with one Portuguese manager back in 2004 and, as a new era beckons during troubling times, the stats and growth in Wolves’ revolution suggests Santo can fit that mould. This is a man who was ‘taught how to win’ by the self-proclaimed Special One, after all.
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