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Chris Sutton has made the most regressive Chelsea managerial suggestion yet

Chelsea have been going backwards for a few years now. Sure, the appointment of Antonio Conte led to some success, but are Chelsea really any better off in 2019 than they were in, say, 2017?

The answer is undeniably a no. The Blues aren’t in the Champions League, they aren’t close to competing for the title, and they no longer have the core that led them through a period of so much success previously.

The future of Maurizio Sarri, too, risks putting Chelsea down a concerning path, with the Italian currently not able to help lead his team to a period of success in the Premier League.

Knowing Chelsea’s history, the reality is that the Italian is likely to face the sack in the coming weeks, and whilst that may help the Blues in the short-term, it’s only going to lead them down an already trodden path in the future.

However, even by those standards, former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton’s suggestion for a potential Maurizio Sarri replacement is far fetched. Indeed, in a column for the Daily Mail, Sutton has suggested that former Chelsea interim Gus Hiddink should be brought back to steady the ship at Stamford Bridge.

He wrote: ‘He may be 72 and now in charge of the China Under 21s, but has proven a safe pair of hands in his two previous stints.’

To bring in someone like Hiddink would be to put to a plaster on a gaping wound at Stamford Bridge, and in time, that wound will only get bigger without proper treatment.

Now, to take Sutton’s points on board, sure, bringing in Hiddink may lead to a few months of solidity at Stamford Bridge, especially given his great previous record at the club, but to suggest that a move for him would be anything but regressive is a bizarre argument to make.

He’s 72-years-old, for starters, whilst his success in recent years has been very minimal.

Not to mention, the reality of the situation is that Chelsea have been here before. They’ve had their Hiddink era, and that did little to help the Blues out long-term. Chelsea need to stop thinking short-term because that only hurts them down the road. They can’t keep looking to quick fixes – they need to find a permanent solution. Honestly, this isn’t just in reference to Hiddink, either. It goes further than that.

They need someone that can really be given time to build. Maurizio Sarri could have been that man, but his lack of versatility has made him a poor option already – and the Chelsea board must be held accountable for bringing him in as a result.

To bring in someone like Hiddink would be to put to a plaster on a gaping wound at Stamford Bridge, and in time, that wound will only get bigger without proper treatment.

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Chris Sutton has made the most regressive Chelsea managerial suggestion yet
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