After Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester United last weekend, effectively ending the Blues’ title hopes, the thoughts of the Chelsea board turns to the future. They are rumoured to start making a real push to sign a new manager. Carlo Ancelotti is set to meet with chief-executive Ron Gourlay in the week after the last Premier League games and is expected to be fired with 12 months left on his contract.
The Italian manager recently visited Rome to celebrate his ex-wife’s birthday and it is thought he took the opportunity to meet with Roma officials about possibly managing them next season. In any case Ancelotti’s days at Stamford Bridge seem numbered.
According to The Guardian ,Guus Hiddink remains Roman Abramovich’s favourite target, although he is currently coaching Turkey and trying to get them to qualify for Euro 2012. According to the Daily Mirror the Russian billionaire would like Hiddink to team up with former Blues player Gianfranco Zola who is very popular amongst the Chelsea fans and players. It would also provide the opportunity for Zola to gain more eexperience in top management.
If Abramovich can’t secure Hiddink’s services as manager it is thought he will try to offer Hiddink the Sporting Director role that Frank Arnesen has vacated. If that happens then the Chelsea board will seek to appoint either Porto boss Andrea Villas-Boas, Marco Van Basten or Didier Deschamps as the new Chelsea boss.
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