Next Chelsea boss: Hiddink, Villas-Boas or Van Basten?
We take a look at the early favourites to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea after he was shown the door
After Carlo Ancelotti was ruthlessly dismissed for failing to win any silverware during his second term in charge of Chelsea, Blues owner Roman Abramovich begins his hunt for a new boss.
Here, we take a look at the early favourites to succeed the Italian in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
The experienced Dutchman has been heavily linked with a return to west London since his successful temporary spell in charge of Chelsea two years ago, when he rescued their season after Luiz Felipe Scolari was shown the door.
The latest reports suggest the 64-year-old, who is currently the Turkey manager, would be more keen on landing a role as sporting director. His future as Turkey boss, however, will hinge on whether he can guide them to Euro 2012 qualification. Turkey face a crunch qualifier against Belgium next month, and a loss in that match would leave Hiddink’s side four points off a play-off spot in Group A with four games left.
The Porto coach, who guided his side to Europa League glory last week, was linked to the Chelsea role long before Ancelotti’s dismissal on Sunday. The inevitable comparisons with Jose Mourinho have fuelled talk of a move to Stamford Bridge after a highly successful first term in charge of the Portuguese side.
However, the highly-rated 33-year-old coach insisted last week that he wants to stay on at Porto, his home-town club. In his first season in full management, Villas-Boas has led Porto to the Treble, including a remarkable unbeaten league campaign.
Marco van Basten
The Dutch legend is currently out of work having previously had spells in charge of Holland and Ajax, and it is reported that he would welcome the opportunity to take the reigns at Chelsea. He has been linked with Sporting Lisbon but there is currently no agreement with the Portuguese club.
Van Basten led Holland to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 before taking charge of Ajax, where he quit after failing to guide them to Champions League qualification.
A return for Mourinho is sure to appeal to Chelsea fans after his highly successful spell in charge of the Blues between 2004 and 2007 brought them five trophies. But despite being one of the bookies’ favourites to take over at Stamford Bridge, the Special One looks to have committed himself to Real Madrid – for the immediate future at least.
Mourinho, who had not spoken to the media since being handed a five-match ban by Uefa, told the La Liga club’s fans on Monday that he will be back for pre-season at Real Madrid “with the same passion and with the same motivation as always”.