Chelsea FC target next manager

No one is really sure what Abramovich currently has up his sleeve at ChelseaIt appears Chelsea have already decided on a candidate to replace current manager Carlo Ancelotti. Until recently, the Italian’s position at the club looked safe once again. However, rumours have resurfaced after The Blue’s suffered a disappointing loss against Manchester United, in what was effectively their last chance to win the Premiership. But who is the new candidate?

Gianfranco Zola, the former West Ham manager looks likely to be the new face of the Chelsea, as the board are perhaps looking to invest in a relatively young manager. Zola was sold by Ancelotti to Chelsea back in 1996 for £4.5 million and will be welcomed back by many, who will undoubtedly feel assured by the sight of a familiar face. As of yet, nothing has been confirmed, and Zola has declined to comment on the speculation.

Following Chelsea’s away loss at Old Trafford, Ancelotti remained hopeful over his future at the club:

“We have to wait two weeks – it is not a long time.” said Ancelotti after Sunday’s defeat. “I hope to stay but it is not my decision.”

Many have speculated that Ancelotti will leave Stamford Bridge for Italy and look to take up management at his old playing club AS Roma. When questioned over his future plans, Ancelotti replied:

“Italy is my country and I cannot say I don’t want to come back to Italy – I will come back to Italy one day as I love my country.

“But in the last two years I have found a fantastic atmosphere in football, a fantastic country, and I respect the people. There is no violence in the stadium, the stadiums are full and I would like to stay here for these reasons.”

It seems as though Ancelotti appears content to remain in England for some time yet. Whether his eventual departure will be mutual is another debate. I suspect we will see an agreement with owner Roman Abramovic at the end of the season, resulting in his departure.

Several other names have been associated with the position, with the likes of former manager Jose Mourinho, former caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, Steve McClaren and Frank Rikjaard all having been tipped to take up the job. There is no question Zola will be supported by the entire Chelsea franchise should he return to Stamford Bridge. The only question is; does he have what it takes to surpass all that previous managers have given to the club?

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