Stamford Bridge set for managerial shake-up?
According to well-placed sources, Abramovich is still hoping to persuade Guus Hiddink to replace Ancelotti this summer even though the 64 year-old has made it clear he does not intend to walk out as the coach of Turkey. “Let’s wait and see what happens,” one source said yesterday about Hiddink’s prospects.
It is believed that Abramovich may wait until after Turkey’s Euro 2012 qualifier away to Belgium on June 3, two weeks after the end of the Premier League season, before making a move.
Turkey are still hopeful of qualifying for the November play-offs, which would prohibit Hiddink’s chances of taking the Chelsea job, but if they were to fail, the Dutchman may become available immediately.
It is understood that Abramovich believes he has a good chance of employing Hiddink, who he has always regarded as the ideal manager for the club and who enjoyed a brief but successful period as caretaker after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in Feb 2009.
It could be that Hiddink moves to Chelsea as manager for a short time with a younger coach groomed to take over. That has led to the possible recruitment of Marco van Basten or even Gianfranco Zola.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
Despite Gianfranco Zola’s cult status with Chelsea supporters it seems far more likely that a ‘dream ticket’ of Guus Hiddink and Marco Van Basten would be the type of partnership that would suit Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti seems in grave danger of being axed this summer, despite a resurgence in form that has led to the West London side being the only genuine contenders to Man United for the Premier League crown.
There is a great deal of speculation that the Italian may return to Roma where he enjoyed a glittering playing career and where Vincenzo Montella is currently in place as caretaker boss and not doing such a great job. It seems that this summer may see something of a shake-up on the field of play as well with rumours abound that some of the club’s old guard may be on their way out.
The likes of Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have all been linked with Chelsea exit’s.