Stamford Bridge side target Borussia Dortmund boss as long term successor to Blues hot-seat.
Chelsea have begun drawing up a list of second-choice managerial candidates as fears grow over their chances of luring Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge.
The former Barcelona boss has expressed reservations about working for Roman Abramovich and is said to have been surprised by Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking only six months after leading the club to the Champions League and FA Cup.
As a result, Chelsea’s senior football staff, led by technical director Michael Emenalo, are making contingency plans.
High on their list will be Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, while former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will also feature.
Abramovich admires Klopp, who has transformed Dortmund into one of the most formidable sides in Europe. The Russian may even seek a reconciliation with Mourinho, who looks set to leave Real Madrid in the summer.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
45 year old Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has been a monumental success since he took over at the Westfalenstadion in 2008 and there is every chance that the German boss would elect to turn down any advance to take over at Stamford Bridge due to the fact that any move to join the West London side has to be tempered by the very real chance that Roman Abramovich will swing the axe at the earliest opportunity.
Klopp is idolized by the Dortmund faithful and though this term his young side have fallen some way off the title pace due to some outstanding form shown by rivals Bayern Munich the club’s Champions League form has been a great cause for optimism for the future.
Though the club was drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ alongside Real Madrid, Man City and Ajax they still not only eased into the last 16, they did so without losing a game and finished top of the table.
One can see why Chelsea would be looking to a young manager like Klopp but the Stuttgart born manager will be all to aware of what happened to the previous ‘young talents’ who took over at Stamford Bridge. Andre Villas-Boas barely last six months and Roberto Di Matteo was sacked despite guiding the Blues to a Champions League title.
Arguably Borussia Dortmund are as big a club as Chelsea, if not bigger, back to back Bundesliga title winners and boasting a fanbase far in excess of the West London side so as such there may be no real reason why Klopp would be tempted by a move to the Premier League side.
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