Now some of the less educated fans among us may look at Jurgen Klopp and think who is he and what has he done? Well Klopp is a real character in the German Bundesliga guiding Dortmund to their first domestic title since 2002 last season and is adored by many for his shall we say eccentric style.
It is no secret Abramovich wants to build a new young exciting Chelsea whilst refusing to sacrifice success. Well Klopp has achieved this with his Dortmund side, who are considered to be one of the most exciting young squads in Europe, nurturing young talents such as Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels and Sven Bender.
Building such a young side and achieving domestic success obviously impresses the Russian billionaire who decides Chelsea’s fate. Klopp is viewed in his homeland as the successor to Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich but has recently signed a new deal keeping him at Dortmund till 2016.
This would mean another major pay-out if Chelsea wish to hire the eccentric German. Given the track record it would mean two major pay-outs, one to get him and one to get rid of him.
We live in an age where massive fees are thrown around like nobody’s business for players and managers. It seems clubs are more concerned with getting ‘big names’ rather than who is the best man for the job.
Although Klopp’s achievements are admirable they are not a guarantee of success – as seen with Andre Villas-Boas – the only guarantee is a massive pay-out for the club.
If Roberto Di Matteo leads us to the Champions League semi or even final and secures Champions League qualification is a new ‘big name’ necessary? Manchester United and Arsenal took punts on unknown managers who did not boast massive CV’s but well the rest is history.
Who is to say Roberto Di Matteo is not the right man for Chelsea, he has certainly got the best out of the ageing players and £50m man Fernando Torres. At a club where the manager has little say on the comings and goings of players why not give a ‘lesser’ manager a chance.
Who knows, Chelsea might just get something for nothing.
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