Chelsea have made contact with two experienced managers in their search for the permanent successor to former head coach Graham Potter. Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have both been approached by the club according to reports from Telegraph Sport.
Both men are well known in their respective countries and have earned admiration for their achievements in the game. Nagelsmann has a long history of managing German clubs, including RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and most recently, Bayern Munich. The 33-year manager may bide his time for a few months before taking the job or may be available immediately.
Meanwhile, Luis Enrique holds a strong reputation from his time in Spain and is seen as an experienced leader. His time at the helm of Barcelona and the Spanish national side saw his career catapulted to new heights. The experienced manager is looking to restart his coaching career in the English Premier League, and the Chelsea job may fit his bill.
Chelsea are also waiting to hear back from other names on the wishlist such as Mauricio Pochettino, Ruben Amorim, Oliver Glasner and Luciano Spalletti. Carlo Ancelotti’s name has been dropped by the club but it is still uncertain if the Italian manager is in the running.
The club are also looking for their potential head coach to have extensive experience in top clubs and European management, which may set them apart from competitors. It is also reported that they have dismissed Roberto De Zerbi of Brighton due to the amount of already established staff available.
Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley are leading the process and determine to take the right amount of time so as not to rush the investigation. Chelsea’s high standards are set and it is certainly the right move to give the search time and thoroughness it needs.
The search has been on since the team’s devastating defeat to Aston Villa. All eyes placed on Bruno Saltor, who is currently acting as head coach, to step up and see the team through the Champions League quarters.
Chelsea are a storied Premier League club with a lot of expectations from their fans. Maintaining their high standards in performances and in the dugout can therefore be a demanding job. Their choice for a new permanent boss will be analyzed and scrutinized until it’s found.