After a humiliating defeat that leaves the reigning European Champions facing elimination in the group stage for the first time in the competitions history, Roman Abramovich has decided to once again pull the trigger. Roberto Di Matteo, the man that in less than a year won the FA Cup and the Champions League, has been fired. Rafa installed as ‘The Temp’.
Here are the men Chelsea could have had instead. Are you happy with Rafa, or would you have preferred someone else?
Abramovich’s desire to bring in Pep Guardiola feels very similar to a spoilt little child demanding to have the latest toy and you know that if someone says no then he will erupt in a fashion similar to Pompeii in 79 AD. He’s like Richy Rich’s evil twin brother who would rather have all the best toy’s in the world to himself because the knowledge that no one else can play with them gives him a strange tingly sensation inside. For that reason Guardiola will be a favourite for the job even though he said last May he will be on a year long sabbatical in America.
There is no reason to go into why Guardiola deserves the job because his glowing reference from his time at Barcelona speaks for itself so I’m just going to jump on my metaphorical soap box and say what I think is likely to happen: Guardiola will be targeted by Abramovich and even though every good hearted football fan in the world will be wanting the fashionable and likeable man to stand firm and say no, the Russian Billionaire will be able to make an offer he can’t refuse. If he did join, it would most likely be in the summer once his sabbatical has ended.
Today football is all about money but I think I speak for the majority when I say ‘Please Pep, don’t do it!’
The man who had us all purring with delight at the World Cup in 2010 with his bright young things has since been a victim of his own excellent performances. A combination of being knocked out by Italy/Mario Balotelli in the Euro’s last summer and the bizarre events in ‘that’ game against Sweden last month has meant many in the German press and beyond have been quite critical.
With many considering the current crop of German players to be the best since the team that won the World Cup in 1990, including one Franz Beckenbauer, the pressure will be on Loew and his ‘golden generation’.
With this in mind and previous drawn out negotiations about his contract, he may see Chelsea as a new challenge. Seen as more of a coach than a manager he won’t get too upset about the ridiculous transfer policy at Chelsea and his fashion sense is one that rivals that of a certain ex-Catalan dreamboat.
It’s a long shot as Loew’s contract is expected to be seen to the end, which will be after the 2014 World cup but if Abramovich decides he wants him then there is always a chance.
A man already hated in most parts of England for his theatrical displays in World Cup 98 and beyond, so his reputation won’t be tarnished by joining one of the most hated clubs in English football. Personality aside he has got Athletico Madrid to second in La Liga with 10 wins a draw and a loss out of 12 games so far.
They, like Juventus on Tuesday evening, showed Chelsea a lesson in how to play football in the Uefa Super Cup after leading them to Europa League glory last season. The cherry on top of the managerial ice cream is that he has got Radamel Falcao playing so well that comparisons to Ronaldo and Messi have been coming out of the Spanish press.
On ability the Columbian is not as superior but based on goals he is probably the best out and out number 9 in the world right now. Watch out El Nino.
Always a dark horse for any job in the Premiership, even if he is seriously considering taking the Ukraine job as the reports suggest. Many Spurs fan will tell you that he would never do that to the White Hart Lane faithful but lets not forget that he left Portsmouth to go to bitter rivals Southampton and then left the south coast club again to join Spurs which he still hasn’t been forgiven for, most fans still refer to him as Jamie’s dad.
Redknapp never won the league and only got a taste of Champions League football with Spurs so this would offer an opportunity of a lifetime for the man not far from spurting out clichés once a week to Gary Lineker et all. Many would suggest that he doesn’t have the tactical nuance to manage such a high profile club but I doubt that would bother him.
Besides the potential pay off that would come his way if he didn’t maintain the ridiculously high standards that Abramovich expects makes me imagine a scene similar to a much loved British sitcom written by John Sullivan in which Harry tells Jamie: “Don’t worry son, sacked or not, this time next year we’ll be billionaires!”.
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