Time for change at Stamford Bridge?
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Chelsea could turn to Jose Mourinho as Carlo Ancelotti’s future hangs in balance after FA Cup exit
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is being tipped by The Daily Mail for a Stamford Bridge exit following a dramatic FA Cup penalty defeat to Everton, which leaves the Blues as credible contenders in only one competition this season – the Champions League.
Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Double last season, winning both the Premier League and the FA Cup, but thanks to recent horror show form, his side have dropped out of the title race and yesterday crashed out of the FA Cup.
A first-ever Champions League triumph looks to be the only emergency exit for the former AC Milan boss, but that seems highly unlikely on the evidence of Chelsea’s performances both on Monday against Fulham and yesterday against Everton. The team’s malaise seems to have stemmed from Ray Wilkins’ sudden exit last year.
As the light of his blue faith begins to dim, media and pundits have begun looking towards his possible successor.
Current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has obviously been linked with the post following his burning desire to reinstate his ‘special’ self at the helm of English football, and a recent spat with the Spanish club’s owners could well presage one of the most high-profile returns of all time, reckons The Mail.
So could it really happen? Have the bridges between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich really been re-built? Would the Portuguese manager so easily turn his back on Real Madrid? Oddly enough both ‘The Special One’ and Carlo Ancelotti have in the past week stated that they would not quit their posts as though daring their respective clubs to either back them or sack them.
The sack seems more likely for Stamford Bridge boss Ancelotti, even though the Italian did lead the Blues to a double last term. Mourinho’s season has not gone as badly as the Italian’s and essentially his Bernabeu side are only made to look poor in comparison to Barcelona, though the same could have been said for when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge and he was spared no such punishment and was sacked even though he recorded more points in his season in charge than any other previous Real Madrid boss.
Clearly Jose Mourinho still has many friends at Chelsea and the nucleus of his successful side is still at the club with John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba still crucial members of the club’s first team.
Would Chelsea supporters welcome the return of Mourinho?