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Chelsea – 5 Possible Replacements For Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas has come under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge in recent days. With the vacancy beckoning, here is a list of five possible replacements.

Andre Villas-Boas has come under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge in recent days. Two home losses in a row for the first time in nine years, and a very complicated situation in the Champions League group mean his days may be numbered at Chelsea with owner Roman Abramovich not afraid to sack his manager when things are not going well . With the vacancy beckoning, here is a list of five possible replacements.

5. Rafa Benitez

Altough he didn’t do well in his last job at Inter, but Rafa is still a world class manager. He is currently jobless, and would jump at the opportunity to return to managment at a strong club like Chelsea. If anyone would benefit from this appointment, it is Fernando Torres, as Rafa knows how to get the best out of him.

4. Martin O’Neill

Jobless after resigning from Aston Villa in the summer of 2010. Did well in every club he was managing. Altough many don’t like his playing style, and some players don’t like him man-managment, he is a real wondermaker. The proof of that is the situation Aston Villa were in when he left. Considering his qualities, he definitely deserves to get a chance at the top. The only problem is, would he get along with Abramovic?

3. Frank Rijkaard

Another jobless manager. Did a fantastic job at Barcelona, but failed at Galatasaray. He would probably relish the chance to work at one of England’s top clubs. His playing style would probably require some changes in the Chelsea team, but he is a manager capable of rebuilding the existing Chelsea squad.

2. Manuel Pellegrini

Well, surprise surprise! I guess nobody expected Pellegrini to even be on the list, especially not on second place. Altough Chelsea fans would probably want a more sounding name, the truth is Pellegrini is probably a better manager than any of the three before him. He turned Villareal from a mediocre team to top four contestants, but was later harshly sacked by Real Madrid. Altough some might say he was a failure at Real, the statistics prove that he did better in the league than Mourinho did last season. 

Currently at high-flying Malaga, but would probably accept an offer from Chelsea. He was linked with the vacant Liverpool post in 2010, and the Chelsea post in 2011.

1. Guus Hiddink

Well, it´s no surprise that Hiddink is on the first place on the list. Currently unemployed after leaving his post as Turkey boss, the formar Chelsea manager is the fans and bookies favourite to return to Chelsea. He did well in his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but could he deliver the same magic again?

Just a note: this article is my personal opinion, and not the real situation. Who knows, maybe Chelsea won’t sack Villas-Boas, or maybe they will appoint Roy Hodgson to “steady the ship”? Only time will tell.



  1. Bahlohgun Herbohnney

    November 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Let Avb allow Drogba to leave chelsea 4 some promising future players lyk Lukaku,Sturidge,b’cos with Didier things will not be easy in the team,also malouda will be on ball and will not know wat 2 do with it,that is not good for a winger,nd more so he is more than too old for a team that has not ruled in europe,AVB can learn from mancini,who eventually sold almost all the players in city,look at him today he’s trying,this is my advice to him,and let inactive ageing players lyk,malouda,drogba,cole,leave or replaced.THANKS

  2. Tarquine, kisumu

    November 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

    These are the things we discuss every moment they appear. I’d still say that Carlo was not bad, its the players who are letting us down. We must accept that there are moments when players can’t deliver as usual. This doesn’t mean that they bad, it simply means their prime time is over and re.enforcement must be done. Our dressing room is completely poor. AvB must know that these players can’t take us anywhere. Again our coach only came in last summer therefore I believe he’ll surely succeed in rebuilding. But the process must be done without fear or favor. AvB must tell us his observation in rotation and apply them for us to see. If he fears taking risk, then he won’t give us anything new. Bench those old men you’re defending.

  3. Bleeding Blue

    November 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Mourinho should be on that list too

  4. Lou

    November 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I would love to see Mourinho back at Chelsea, if he had stayed and been left totally in charge of team affairs Chelsea would have dominated English football for a decade, such a shame.

  5. Michael

    November 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Just leave AVB alone so that u dnt cry had i known again like when u sacked Mourinho,Hiddink,i do not like his style of coaching at all,the problem of chelsea is 50 million player who dosen’f deliver.give Lukaku a chance to prove himself.

  6. Mike

    November 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    A bit harsh aye? yeah he is having a shocker at the mo but he has only been here a 5 months and most importantly, he has inherited a team of has beens, the players he has brought in, Mata is class, Romeu looks real good, miereles has fitted in really well and we havent had a chance to see much of Lukaku yet. So he has done well transfer wise and not his fault we couldnt ger Modric. I just think he needs the balls to overhaul the players that are still at Chelsea because of their names, not perfomances, dont think I need to name them.

  7. githari

    November 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    As an arsenal fan i truly feel for AVB. He is a likeable fellow, tasked with a thankless job of teaching old ‘dogs’ new tricks! Roman wants attractive football but he doesnt have the personel to execute it. Bar a few players such as mata,torres,luiz,cole,bosingwa and despite your protestations Anelka the rest will take time to fully adapt. Some are even too old to adapt,stand up john terry!

  8. raymond

    November 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    mourinho,is happy with a super team,his team is on top of the heap,why should he come too a losing team with players that,should be playing 3rd div., chelsea is quite good at hiring wrong coaches and players eg.,the 60 million dollar looser!!!!1

  9. raymond

    November 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    neymar is going too real madrid!!!chelsea needs too look in the mirror,this team is going no where fast!!

  10. raymond

    November 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    who is betting against…valencia?keep your money u r going to loose,chelsea’s history in europe sucks!!!!

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