Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are disappointed after the club missed out on a top-four place in the Premier League and a spot in the Champions League next year.
The Blues will be forced to play Europa League football next year after their title defence fell completely flat. Their performances have cast doubt over the future of Antonio Conte with rumours circulating that his relationship with Roman Abramovich has broken down. However, our punters have an FA Cup final against Manchester United to look forward to.
If Chelsea are to replace Conte, a move for Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has been rumoured. However, the Argentine is unlikely to leave Spurs ahead of their move to a new stadium. Instead, they should attempt to lure Hoffenheim boss, Julian Nagelsmann, to Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old was appointed Hoffenheim manager back in 2016 becoming the youngest Bundesliga head coach in history. Despite his age, he has led the club to successive top-four finishes – he narrowly missed out on the Champions League; losing to Liverpool in the qualifying round.
He has earned the nickname ‘Baby Mourinho’ and employs a number of high tech training equipment during his sessions including drones. Chelsea need a long-term manager – it’s time for Abramovich to put his managerial axe away. Stability is a must if the Blues are to challenge for the league again.
Nagelsmann is young, determined and highly skilled. With the resources on offer at Stamford Bridge, he could be the next big thing. Able to bring through young players, he’d also save Roman Abramovich a lot of money by developing the many burgeoning talents in SW6, cash that needs to be saved for the club’s stadium move.
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