Chelsea will definitely have a new manager next season. Rafa Benitez even admitted as much in his much publicisedrant last week. The fact that his job title was interim manager was a bit of a clue as well. The question is, who will it be. Earlier in the season it was widely thought that Roman Abramovich had arranged with the former boss of Barcelona to come to Stamford Bridge after his year away from football. Pep Guardiola surprised everyone, however, by taking the job at Bayern Munich.
When Pep Guardiola announced that he wanted a break from football after managing Barcelona for four years, he was already the most successful coach in the club’s history. No wonder that Roman Abramovich tried to persuade him to cut short his sabbatical and oversee the new Chelsea revolution.
Of course, Di Matteo now has the job and a two year contract, but reports suggest that he might not be the manager for those two years. Guardiola has been approached by a number of big clubs, including Bayern Munich, but he has not spoken to any of them. Does he know something that we don’t? All the best betting sites have Chelsea favourites to be his next coaching job already.
It is all happening at Chelsea at the minute. No sooner is it revealed that the most talked about player of the moment, Eden Hazard, has decided to pick Chelsea over Manchester United and City, then rumours of a £40 million offer for Hulk hits the press.
Porto were standing firm over their star striker, but Metro reports that Hulk has told the club he wants to leave and He is thought to be heading for Stamford Bridge. He has been at Porto since 2008 and has a record of 52 league goals in 96 games. He is the only player ever to have won the Portuguese player of the month six times. Fast and strong, he is seen as the best possible replacement for Didier Drogba.
The Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich must have said something to impress Pep Guardiola. The 41-year old announced that he was stepping down after four years managing FC Barcelona. He was exhausted, he said, and was planning a year out of football to recharge his batteries.
Jose Mourinho reacted with scorn, saying that he was older, had managed for longer and was not tired, but he was not a footballer for long and never played at a decent level. Whatever, Guardiola’s mind was made up and Barcelona appointed his assistant as the new manager.
Chelsea’s search for a full-time manager continues, and according to the latest rumours the one Abramovich wants most is former Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola.
Today’s Mirror Football claim that a source close to Chelsea has stated that Abramovich is even willing to wait one year for Guardiola if that’s what it will take to bring the Spaniard to the club.
Guardiola declared that he wants to take a break from managing after a very consuming time at Barcelona, and that few can tempt him to get back into action before taking that break. The source seems to think that Di Matteo or Redknapp would be good partial replacements, and that the both of them would love spending a year coaching the Stamford Bridge side.
Good news for Chelsea, but not so good for Roberto Di Matteo, is the news coming out of Spain that Barcelona’s departing manager Pep Guardiola, may be willing to manage another team next year.
The 41-year old manager has been with Barcelona for four years and orchestrated the most successful period in the club’s history. He had told the Spanish press that he needed a year out of football, and has been succeeded by his assistant Tito Vilanova.
Chelsea’s second transfer of the season might be an awful one for the Blues, as they face the risk of losing the all-important Brazilian center-back David Luiz in the summer to Barcelona. If you want to find out what American punters think about this idea then check out TheSportsGeek.com for the latest sports news.
The Catalan club are looking to rebuild after Guardiola will leave, and the process will start at the back where Spanish legend Puyol can’t play at the same amazing level for much longer, so Barca is looking to bring in fresh faces who can take the club back on the pedestal of the world’s best club.
The Barcelona managed Pep Guardiola saw his team have the lions share of possession (and 20 shots on goal!) but still lose to a very well organized Chelsea team. Pep Guardiola refused to agree that Barcelona deserved to win the game just because of their statistics.
On the spread betting market (check out Trade Forex to find out more about that), Bracelona were hot favourites to have more of everything, but Chelsea got the one thing that Barcelona didn’t, a goal!