With Manchester United appointing David Moyes as their new manager, there are now two big Premier League managerial spots to be filled. While Bill Kenwright has a job on his hands to replace the consistent Moyes at Everton, it seems to be accepted by pretty much everyone that Roman has already agreed a deal with Jose Mourinho to return to the club where he really launched himself on the world stage. With the bookies now offering odds as short as 1/12 on Mourinho succeeding Rafa Benitez, it seems inevitable that the special one will return.
The back page headlines in many a tabloid newspaper today will tell you in no uncertain terms that Wayne Rooney is going to follow Sir Alex Ferguson out the door at Man Utd. Reports suggest that Rooney has been unhappy with losing his place up front in the Utd team, and a request to be transfer listed 2 weeks ago was rejected by the club. With our own strikers continuing to contribute their miserly returns in front of goals, an out and out goalscorer is priority number one for most Chelsea fans. Could Wayne Rooney really be the answer?
Manchester United have had a very easy run to the Premiership title this season, but he is expecting it to be a little more different next year as he expects The Special One to return to the Bridge and mount a serious challenge for the title.
Ahead of tomorrows game against Man City, Fergie was asked if he thought that City would come back and fight for the title again next season. He replied: “You’d expect – if José goes back to Chelsea – a big challenge there.
Rafa Benitez is not exactly the most popular Chelsea manager ever, but the fans have relented a little on him recently. His comments and statement that he would definitely be leaving the club at the end of the season have drawn an uneasy truce, but if Chelsea go out of the FA cup against Manchester United today after resting key players and losing to Southampton, he will get dog’s abuse.
It seems clear that nothing short of a miracle will stop Rafa Benitez from losing his job as the manager of Chelsea come the end of the season. To win the Europa league would be nice, but after last year it would still be a comedown after a Champions league trophy. The stuttering performance against Sparta Prague this week did nothing to make mo too optimistic about the Blues going all the way, however. The Premier league is certainly gone, and we are now in a battle for second but also in danger of missing a top four spot.
Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Rafael Benitez is ‘very lucky’ to be hired just before Chelsea’s trip to Japan to compete in the World Club Cup.
Rafael Benitez was hired as Inter Milan boss, the season following on from Jose Mourinho’s treble winning exploits, and won the World Club Cup with Inter. He now has the opportunity to win a second with another squad he had no say in assembling.
Ferguson said: “On his CV he could have two world championships and nothing to do with the construction of the teams.
Considering the start that Chelsea have had this season compared to their great rivals Man United you would think that they would be a much shorter price to beat Alex Ferguson’s team today.
Both Stan James and William Hill have set the Chelsea odds at a brilliant 6/4. The fact that Chelsea have won every home game so far (and are unbeaten away as well) would suggest they should be shorter, and also the historical fact that United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2002!
The Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is well aware that another loss at Stamford Bridge today, a ground where they haven’t won for ten years, could be very important in the race for the Premier League title.
Man United could end the day seven points behind the leaders if they suffer another setback and the bookies think they face an uphill task and have set the United Odds up at 2/1 or higher to win the game today.
No-one in the Premier League has a better record against United than Roberto Di Matteo’s men, and Ferguson has explained why he thinks Chelsea have performed so well over the decade, despite seemingly changing their manager every year!
It seems ridiculous, but the Chelsea board are standing firm to their policy of offering no more than a year at a time to any player over 30-years old. England international left back Ashley Cole is not happy with this and so is set to leave the club in the summer for nothing.
Cole is one of the best left backs in the world and is in peak physical condition, so there will be a queue of top European clubs vying for his signature. He could rejoin his old manager from Chelsea, Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Even worse, he could go to Premier league rivals Manchester United.
The Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson believes that Andre Villas-Boas is capable of challenging his team for the Premiership title next season.
“It is a big step for Chelsea and an enormous challenge,” Ferguson said. “But he knows the club and has been there before, that’s an advantage.
“We expect Chelsea to be challenging for honours again.”
“He has a very experienced bunch of players there and for a young manager having to go to a club of that size, experienced players are a help to him.
“It is a strong possibility that he will have enough staff to overcome that type of move.”