Let’s face it, Chelsea have developed a very poor reputation when it comes to maintaining cordial and sustainable relations with their managers, as the club has overseen as many as 9 managers take the reigns at the London club in the last few seasons.
They either sack the manager, or the manager quits the post. Mostly they sack the manager. Owner Roman Abramovich believes in immediate results, and even an unimpressive run of a few games without a win could see the manager being axed. There is a certain level of prestige which comes with being called the manager of Chelsea Football Club. But again, the level of expectations and the amount of pressure on the shoulders of the person-in-charge come with the job description.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane to see how exactly the club functions, when it comes to handling its personnel’s performances. Arguably, Chelsea’s most successful manager in recent times has been Jose Mourinho. The Portugese dominated English football in his three years as Chelsea boss, who was then replaced by Avram Grant for a year. Brazilian Luis Felipe Scolari took over, and was sacked midway to be replaced by Guus Hiddink in February of 2009 till the end of the season. Italian Carlo Ancelotti took charge of things till 2011, when he was then replaced by the young star manager from Portugal, Andre Villas-Boas. Fresh from winning a quintuple with Porto, he was seen as the manager who was there to stay.
Expectations got the better of him, and he lasted just 9 months as boss, and was then replaced by his assistant Roberto di Matteo. The Italian led Chelsea to FA Cup glory, and delivered the all-important UEFA Champions League trophy. That too was not enough for Abramovich as a run of poor results also saw him being sacked from the post.
In stepped Spaniard Rafael Benitez as an ‘interim manager’. The move did not go down well with the Chelsea fans, given Benitez’s former links with their rivals Liverpool. The relationship between the fans and Benitez has soured further since he took over as boss. With Benitez set to leave the club in the summer, the hunt for a new manager has been ongoing for Chelsea.
Well if the latest rumors are to be believed Chelsea may have already found their new manager. Reports emerging from the Daily Star state that current Juventus boss Antonio Conte could be tempted by the riches of Chelsea and the lure of English football. The former Italian international has been in charge at Turin since 2011 and his stock has since grown exponentially, given the meteoric rise of Juventus since last season when they won the league on the back of a campaign without a single defeat.
Juventus are the favorites to retain their Scudetto title this season too, given their comfortable 6 point gap over their nearest rivals. They are also one of the contenders for the Champions League this season.
Given the success Conte has achieved for Juventus, he makes an attractive proposition for Abramovich. Will the Russian billionaire use his money and power to lure Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge?