May 212013

Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company by mutual consent. Real president Florentino Perez made the announcement this evening at a press conference to hordes of completely unsurprised journalists in Madrid. Contrary to reports that he would be officially sacked, Perez has confirmed that the split was a mutual decision.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end, nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement”

Mourinho was contracted to the Spanish giants until 2016, but he’s made no secret of his desire to leave this season, going so far as to alienate some of his team, including club legend Iker Casillas. Real’s loss, however, looks like it will be Chelsea’s gain. In a move that quite simply makes sense, Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as the new Chelsea boss in the next couple of weeks. Mourinho still has two last Real games to take charge of, but with his side already out of contention in the league, you imagine his mind will be elsewhere.

One man who will be desperately hoping that Mourinho has been watching his Premier League football this season is Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku had a tremendous season with West Brom at The Hawthorns, scoring 17 times including a final day hat-trick against Manchester United. With neither Demba Ba nor Fernando Torres setting the world alight up front this season, Lukaku is hoping that he might be considered as a leading man in the new look Chelsea attack. However, Lukaku himself admits that much depends on the new manager. “Chelsea are still my dream club and I want to be successful there.” he said. “If the new manager has plans for me, I will go there and take my chance.”

While Lukaku has looked excellent at West Brom, he is still extremely young, and this season has proven what regular football can do. With Torres and Ba on the books, it’s unlikely that Lukaku can be guaranteed enough playing time to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge. Truth be told, one more year at West Brom to finish his development could be just what the doctor ordered..and I have no doubt every West Brom fan across the country would agree!

Mar 112013

The managerial merry-go-round at Stamford Bridge is set for another swing come the summer, with Chelsea’s interim manager Rafa Benitez set to stand down from his post.

A large number of names have been mentioned for the job including Jurgen Klopp, Fabio Capello, and David Moyes, but it’s former manager Jose Mourinho who remains one of the best tips on the football betting markets.

It is unlikely owner Roman Abramovich would turn to a manager he has previously had dealings with and the ongoing difficulties at Malaga could pave the way for the Russian billionaire owner to entice Manuel Pellegrini into his first big job in England.

Pellegrini began his career in his homeland with Universidad de Chile and coached teams across Chile, Ecuador and Argentina over a period of 15 years. During his time in South America, Pellegrini won the Copa Interamericana title with Universidad Catolica and saw Primera Division glory in Argentina with both San Lorenzo and River Plate.

It was 2003 which finally saw Pellegrini make the move into European management, with a switch to Spanish side Villarreal. Pellegrini led the Yellow Submarines to second and third placed finishes in La Liga as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League.

After five years with Villarreal, Real Madrid came knocking and despite overseeing the arrivals of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso to the Bernabeu, Real Madrid failed to win any trophies during Pellegrini’s solitary campaign in charge, despite picking up a club record 96 points in La Liga.

Since then Pellegrini has led the revolution in Andalusia, with Malaga. Rich benefactors originally kicked off Pellegrini’s time in charge by injecting significant funds into the playing staff, but it was the man management of Pellegrini that galvanised the La Rosaleda club to fourth place in La Liga in 2011-12.

Financial irregularities have halted the fairy tale in southern Spain, with the club having to sell the likes of Santi Cazorla, Salomon Rondon and Nacho Monreal in order to balance the club’s books.

Pellegrini has been particularly astute with the limited finances he has had at his disposal and despite all the turmoil off the pitch, the highly-rated manager has steadied the ship and ledMalaga to success on two fronts this season.

The club’s debut Champions League campaign saw the Andalusian side reach the knockout stages of the competition, whilst Malaga’s domestic standing of fourth in La Liga is not to be underestimated.

Pellegrini’s teams have been notorious for their attacking outlook the 4-2-2-2 formation is a favourite of the Chilean manager, a system that could work well at Chelsea given the riches in attacking midfield.

The pressure of Roman Abramovich as owner is not for every manager, but Pellegrini’s experience and success in Spain and South America could make the Chilean manager an exciting choice for Chelsea.

Feb 152013

There has been an interesting statement by the former Real Madrid star Ivan Campo, who firmly believes that the current Madrid manager Jose Mourinho will be returning to the Premiership next season, and most likely to Chelsea.

According to most bookmakers recommended by My Betting Sites, the Everton manager David Moyes is the 5/4 favourite to take over from Rafael Benitez next season, but most Chelsea fans would surely be much happier if the Special One makes a hero’s return to Stamford Bridge, and it would seem the current price of 15/8 available looks good value if Campo is correct in his prediction.

Campo, who also played for Bolton in the Premiership for five years, was asked outright if he thought Mourinho would be Chelsea’s next manager, and he replied: “Probably, because he’s said many times he’d like to manage a very good team in England when he finishes his contract with Real Madrid.

“If Jose Mourinho wins the Champions League, in my personal opinion, next year he will be at a very big team in the Premier League, maybe with Chelsea, or, I don’t know, Tottenham.

“I don’t think, for example, he’d go to Manchester United because Sir Alex Ferguson would like to train there for his whole life, so maybe Mourinho will train next year at Chelsea.”

Personally I don’t think there is a hope in hell that he would move to Tottenham considering the history between us and them, but if he really does move to the Premiership next year, then it must surely be to Chelsea or possibly Manchester City……

Jun 082012

Roberto di Matteo, Chelsea caretaker for the last few months, is getting closer and closer to receive a full time job as The Blues’ manager. The Italian took over from former boss Andre Villas-Boas in early March, and managed to win the FA Cup and the long-term dream of the UEFA Champions League.

Although di Matteo has had good results, rumours insisted that he will not be named Chelsea’s manager for the next season, with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola favourite to take his job. However, over the past few days, sources at Stamford Bridge are increasingly confident that the Italian will be with the team at the beginning of the next season.

Former Chelsea legend, Gus Poyet, urged Abramovich to let di Matteo continue to do his job: ‘It would be common sense that he will stay.’

‘I call him ‘one of us’, one of our generation – with so many managers.’

‘Mark Hughes, Gianluca Vialli, Ruud Gullit, Robbie Di Matteo, Dennis Wise, Dan Petrescu, myself, Didier Deschamps – there are so many – ‘Chappy’ Ferrer.’

‘Why not one of us? Why should it be somebody else all the time?’

‘I’m not saying that we didn’t have good managers at Chelsea. I mean, Mourinho was different class.

‘But give us a chance.’

The Italian manager only came to Chelsea as a replacement, but he managed to achieve great things with the Stamford Bridge side. He deserves a chance after winning two titles in the few months spent with the club, and the fact that he has also played for Chelsea for 6 years mean that the fans are willing to back him up.

Jun 072012

If you cut Roberto Di Matteo, he bleeds blue. Former team mate Gus Poyet says “I call him one of us, one of our generation.” Poyet then goes on to urge Roman Abramovich to give Di Matteo the job of Chelsea manager.

The list of Chelsea players from that era who have become successful managers is astonishing. Mark Hughes, Vialli, Gullit, Deschamps, Petrescu, Ferrer, Dennis Wise, Di Matteo are all mentioned by Poyet as having had success to some extent, and Poyet himself has not done too badly.

It appears that Abramovich is about to give Di Matteo the chance that many Chelsea fans, and the players, think he deserves, according to the Daily Mail. The Chelsea owner seems to have failed to persuade Pep Guardiola to cut short his break from football and so is ready to offer the 42-year old Italian the position.

It remains to be seen how long a contract will be put on the table. The general consensus in the media is that Abramovich is determined to get Guardiola at some point and so may be putting a manager in place for just one season. If Di Matteo can have a similar impact this coming season as he did in the last one, he will give the Russian something to think about.

Di Matteo does have a habit of success. He scored the winning goal against Middlesborough on his debut for Chelsea. He scored goals in two FA cup finals and one League cup final as Chelsea won all three. His management career at MK Dons, West Brom and now Chelsea has been similarly blessed.

After scoring the only goal of the game in the 2000 FA cup final at Wembley, he said “It’s a shame they are tearing the old place down, it’s been very lucky for me.” People say Chelsea were lucky to win both the FA cup and the Champion’s league this year. Well I, for one, will take that kind of luck every year.

It might have been good to get Guardiola, but I don’t think anyone will be disappointed if Roberto Di Matteo is at the helm at the start of next season.

Jun 032012

There is a shocking report out this morning that claims that Roman Abramovich is seriously considering bringing in the Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp as the full-time replacement for Andre Villas-Boas.

Although Roberto Di Matteo did everything possible to earn a permanent contract, it seems that the silence from the Chelsea board is an indication that there will be no new contract forthcoming, which leads to even more speculation.

Pep Guardiola has already said that he wants a year sabbatical from managing although Abramovich is reportedly trying to persuade him otherwise, but the Star reports today that Redknapp is being considered as a viable replacement.

Daniel Levy was considering a multimillion offer for Redknapp to stay for another four years, but Tottenham’s spectacular collapse at the end of the season has made the Spurs chairman to reconsider his options.

Missing out on the Champions League has been a big blow for Levy, and Redknapp is now seeking assurances that he still has the full confidence of the owner of he may consider resigning from his post and make himself available for the Chelsea job.

Are there any Chelsea fans that would be happy with Redknapp? Coz i certainly wouldn’t!

May 252012

Ron Gourlay, Chelsea’s CEO, claims that Chelsea could name the new manager over the next few weeks. The interim coach Roberto Di Matteo managed to guide the team to win the FA Cup and the club’s first UEFA Champions League title, after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas. However, it is unknown yet if the Italian will be given a full-time job as Chelsea’s manager.

Asked about when a new manager will be appointed, Ron Gourlay said: “Any time over the next couple of weeks and certainly by the time we go on tour.”

“The players report back on July 4th or 5th and in an ideal world you want the coach in position by then.”

On the other side, Ron Gourlay admitted that Di Matteo’s amazing results might drive the club’s decision towards him.

“It certainly would have made the discussions a bit different.”

“The fact that he has the Champions League on his CV helps him enormously.

“I know there has been speculation in the press and media about conversations with ‘XYZ’. That has not been the case.

“We will sit down as a board of directors with our owner as quickly as we can and take our decision from there. ”

“We are going through that process now and then we’ll sit down … it’s only been a couple of days”

No matter what Chelsea’s decision is going to be, the Blues face a very hard season, where they must try and defend their FA Cup and Champions League titles, and also try to win the Premier League, which is an objective season after season.

May 202012

The Italian manager Roberto Di Matteo managed to pull Chelsea up from the terrible position where Portuguese coach Andres Villas-Boas left it, and turn the season around for the Blues, finishing in an amazing manner by winning the Champions League trophy.

The Italian coach is only the second manager in history who has managed to win the trophy after being named as a substitute for the manager the club started its season with, and the record is even more impressive because it’s the first Champions League trophy in Chelsea’s history.

“It was very stressful. It is an amazing achievement by the players.”, declared Di Matteo after the game. “The preparation for this match wasn’t ideal, with the suspensions and the injuries.

“We went for 120 minutes with players who haven’t played for three weeks, four weeks. It is incredible the passion and pride these boys have to bring the trophy home.”

Despite the win, the coach refused to speak about his future, and when asked if he’s going to stay, he replied: “I am going to have a big party tonight with the trophy with the big ears.”

Abramovihc must offer him a contract now given that he even managed to qualify the team for next season’s Champions League competition through this win. Di Matteo proved to be an amazing manager, and it’s certain that he will be with Chelsea next season too…..or is it?

May 142012

Now that the Premier League timetable is over and Chelsea have only one game to play until the end of the season, the question on everybody’s lips is who is going to lead Chelsea after the summer.

The Blues have already struck their first deal having brought German attacking midfielder Marko Marin, but Di Matteo claimed that this was not his choice, so who is pulling the shots at Chelsea now, and what’s going to happen to the Italian manager?

Di Matteo has managed to pick the team up from the dumps where Andres Villas-Boas left it and stroll right through the Champions League clashes against Napoli and Barcelona to reach the final where he’s due to lead his side into a very tough game against Bayern Munich.

Despite all of this, and despite also winning a cup after defeating Liverpool in the final, Di Matteo’s position in the club is just as unsecure as it was when he first took over, and nobody seems to understand why.

Abramovich will have to decide soon, and the only chance Di Matteo has to prove him he’s the right man and keep his job is to win the Champions League final, which seems like a mission impossible without Meireles, Ramires, Terry, Ivanovic and possibly without Cahill and Luiz as well.

Dec 262011

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho announced his Premiership football come-back as he’s growing more and more frustrated by Barcelona in the Spanish Primera Division.

The Portuguese says that despite working with Real is a huge honor, he’s going to come back to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

“I am very, very happy to be in Real Madrid. It is a great experience for me.

“I believe it is probably the biggest club in the history of football, I didn’t want to miss the chance to work here but my passion is England and my next step will be to go back, if possible go and stay for a long time.

“Get me a club in a couple of years, get me a good club.”

“I think the genius will make always the difference. And the genius in my sport is about some unbelievable players that can break every organisation and every work you can do.

“Genius in managing also exists.

“For me in football the most important thing is man management. Football for me is a human science, it is about man.”

Mourinho also agreed the prospect of human failure is one of the attractions of sport, saying: “Emotional intelligence is crucial at this level in every sport.

“It is one thing to take a penalty winning 5-0 in a friendly, another thing is to take a penalty kick in the last minute of the Champions League or World Cup final.

“I try to prepare my players the best I can but in the end of the day they are the guys that decide everything in the right moment. They make the difference.

“I analyse them in a group context always but I know they are all unique.

“This is an amazing experience – many of us don’t want to quit, never. We want to go to the last day we can because this leadership becomes part of our life.”

Every Chelsea fan out there is waiting for Mourinho to come back at Chelsea and get the job done, as the manager left before getting to win the Champions League with the Blues. Do you think he’ll choose a come-back to the Stamford Bridge?