Chelsea’s fortunes can be turned around very quickly, says Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle claims the Chelsea job is "not impossible" and believes a turnaround could be quickly masterminded
Glenn Hoddle has insisted the next Chelsea manager should be able to turn around the Blues’ fortunes “very quickly” – and admits he would relish the chance to take charge at Stamford Bridge again.
Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed after just eight months at the club in the wake of Saturday’s defeat at West Bromwich which left the Blues in fifth place in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
The young Portuguese coach’s sacking has once again highlighted Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s lofty expectations for any manager taking charge at The Bridge – but Hoddle, who managed the Blues for three years before being handed the England job, claims the next coach should have an instant impact.
“It isn’t an impossible job,” Hoddle told Sky Sports. “Being the club that it is, and the squad that they’ve got, if you get the right people in there, you can be very successful at Chelsea.
“It’s a club that can be turned around very quickly. They have got a strong squad, and the financial backing to improve the squad.
“Someone would relish the job to go in there and change Chelsea’s fortunes. They could end up winning the FA Cup or getting a 2-0 victory against Napoli and going all the way in the Champions League.”
Hoddle, who ended his playing career at Chelsea when he took charge as player-manager in 1993, believes he has unfinished business at the club after he left to become England manager in 1996.
“I loved my time there, I must admit I was very happy at Chelsea,” he continued. “The only reason I left was to take the England job.
“[Former Chelsea vice-chairman] Matthew Harding and I had some visions for the job – we were talking about that as I left virtually.
“I would love the opportunity to go back and finish the work that I did there. We did a really good job while I was there.
“It wasn’t the club that it is now when I first took over but we were slowly turning it around, there was a vision for the club. I think that vision can continue.”
Hoddle admits he has sympathy for Villas-Boas but the former Tottenham manager believes caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo could now put himself in “pole position” for the Stamford Bridge role if he is able to mastermind a turnaround before the end of the season.
“I was a little bit surprised but nothing shocks you in football in this day and age,” added Hoddle. “I always felt it was slightly difficult for Villas-Boas going back after earlier doing a lesser sort of job at the club.
“It must have been difficult but he hasn’t been given any sort of time to achieve wanted he wanted to. Roman Abramovich has made his decision and obviously now Roberto Di Matteo is in pole position, and if he does really well, he will be top of the list to get the job at the end of the season.
“Roberto starts his Chelsea managerial career tonight [against Birmingham City in the FA Cup] and I wish him well.”
He added: “I thought Villas-Boas might have been given the Napoli game. If he had won that 2-0 and got through, who knows, football can turn round pretty quickly.
“You only find out about yourself as a manager when things are not going so well. When things are going well the players are confident and it’s easy to be a manager.
“It’s the days when you get some really poor results and you get tested, that’s the experience he hadn’t gone through in Portugal and what found him out in the last six weeks. It was a difficult job for him and I do feel for him, but Chelsea must move on.”
Glenn Hoddle was speaking in his role as 20-20 Football’s technical director ahead of the Elite Legends Cup tournament at Loftus Road on 20 May. To find out more, visit 20-20football.com