With Graham Potter out at Chelsea after just over six months in charge, the Blues are looking for a replacement who can steady the ship and bring success to Stamford Bridge. The appointment of their next manager is a massive decision for Todd Boehly and the Chelsea hierarchy, as the previous owner Roman Abramovich often made changes to managers. Therefore, it is important to take their time and select the right person who can bring the team closer to success.
Bruno Saltor is currently in charge on interim basis and the Blues have 10 Premier League games left, plus a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid. In order to get the most out of the season, Chelsea’s new manager will need to have the right credentials, an aura that can be accepted by the fans, and the experience to manage a successful team.
Diego Simeone is a prime example of a big name manager who could take Chelsea to the next level. The veteran Argentine manager has won many titles at the highest level of Spanish football with Atlético Madrid, and his charisma and tactical understanding will be a great asset for the Blues. He left Spain after a disappointing World Cup in November, but Simeone’s pedigree in the Spanish game is hard to ignore.
Another potential option for Chelsea could be former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. The Spaniard has plenty of experience in the game and is known for his attractive style of football. Despite his team not doing too well at the World Cup, Enrique is still highly-regarded and respected and this makes him an interesting candidate for the Chelsea job.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could also be an interesting pick for the Blues. The Argentine achieved incredible things with Tottenham and could bring many of the techniques he applied with Spurs to Chelsea. Unfortunately, his bond with Spurs may turn Todd Boehly and the Chelsea hierarchy away from him as they might not want to bring in someone with loyalties to another club.
Lastly, a surprisingly candidate is Marco Silva who has performed well with another London club, Fulham. Silva has more experience at the top level and often ensures his players give him respect. In terms of risk and profile, though, it feels like Chelsea will likely go for a ‘bigger name’ manager than Silva.
Other names to watch out for are Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane, Ruben Amorim and Thomas Frank, as all of these managers could fit the bill for Chelsea. Boehly and co. are sure to take their time to find the best candidate for the job and Chelsea fans will be expecting great things from their new-look squad.