According to reports in England, Chelsea FC could be considering two former Blues in Didier Deschamps and Mark Hughes for the permanent manager’s position at Stamford Bridge.
Replacing José Mourinho is never an easy task, as Roman Abramovich and Chelsea FC discovered to their detriment the first time the Portuguese left the club in 2007. Yet that is the task that faces the club in the summer, and with the world’s top managers all but certain to be out of bounds, the Blues will have to look for some good second-tier managers to take the club back to the top.
The likes of Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri have been mentioned, but a report in English newspaper Daily Mirror suggests that Chelsea FC could be considering France manager Didier Deschamps for the role with a view to appointing the 47-year-old for the long term.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has also reportedly joined the short-list, with the 52-year-old’s previous managerial experience coming at clubs like Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City among others. The Mirror report indicates Abramovich does not want any more ‘quick solutions’, and with 47-year-old Deschamps’ contract with France expiring after the summer’s EURO 2016 tournament, the Stamford Bridge outfit could look to bring in a former player in the summer.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 23, 2016
Chelsea FC need to back their next manager more than they did Mourinho
Even though one could sense that the club board really wanted Mourinho to turn things around in the weeks before he was sacked, the Portuguese was let down as much by the club hierarchy in the summer as he was by his players during the season proper. The sale of the legendary Petr Čech to Arsenal FC and the failure to land a key transfer target in John Stones clearly had a negative impact at the start of the season.
Regardless of who Abramovich appoints, the Russian has to see to it that the new manager has the autonomy and time he needs to build a team in his image. After a nightmare season, expectations from next season have to be realistic, and as such, the club board must give the manager at least a couple of seasons to take Chelsea FC back to where they should be.