The dugout at Chelsea over the weekend once again got closer to having a new boss as the club suffered their 7th League defeat of the season, completing a record of 3 consecutive losses in the EPL ever since Russian owner, Roman Abrahamovich took over. The 1 – 0 loss at the Brittania stadium in the hands of Stoke City condemned Chelsea to a 16th place on the log going into the 2-week international break, and talks have been on that a new coach might be hired during the break or the management might wait after the break to fire Mourinho if the results don’t change.
One of the replacements touted to replace the Portuguese is erstwhile Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelloti. The Italian is also a known face within the Stamford Bridge wall and was also hinted to likely make a 2nd time stint with the London club as head coach, but on a short-term basis as the management’s main targets are still in work with their clubs until Summer.
But Ancelloti has rejected such offers, as he only wants to take on a long-term appointment. Currently out of job following his sack from the Bernabeu, the former AC Milan coach is on a 1-year sabbatical and was also linked with the Liverpool job after Rodgers was sacked.
The Blues have Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola on top of their list for a long-term coaching job. However, both aren’t readily available with Simeone still having a contract at the Vicente Calderon until Summer while Guardiola is close to agreeing a contract extension at the Allianz Arena. Ancelloti was fired by Roman in 2011 after series of poor performances, but he had won the double for them just a season before. The coach who later went on to coach PSG won both the Premier League and F.A Cup for the Blues in 2010.