Chelsea have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of managers amid fresh calls for Mauricio Pochettino to be sacked by after the Blues dropped into the bottom half of the table as a result of their 4-2 defeat by Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Thiago Silva’s wife has even called for change and with the Argentine seemingly unable to get the most out of a squad that has cost over £1billion, his head is firmly on the chopping block.
They want to have a replacement lined up before Pochettino is sacked, they don’t want a repeat of how long his appointment took.
Hansi Flick, who was reportedly at Stamford Bridge during the awful Wolves encounter, is one of the favourites, liked for pedigree and availability. Also told Girona manager Michel Sanchez is appreciated.
Bayern Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is currently top of the Bundesliga table and potentially earmarked to take over from Jurgen Klopp at his former club Liverpool. However, the Spaniard could be enticed by Chelsea’s project, with plenty of talented young players, and the chance to return to England this month.
However, it would be a very difficult ask to prise him away from Germany. Alonso has been tipped to become the next elite manager and Chelsea would be remiss if they did not at least try to hire him if Pochettino were to be sacked.
Jose Mourinho has already made his stance clear that he wants a return to the Premier League, albeit aimed towards the Manchester United position rather than Chelsea. The ‘Special One’ remains a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and if he can recapture elements from his first two spells at the club for a third time then it would be a welcomed homecoming.
Mourinho is currently out of work having been sacked by Roma last month, but his authoritarian approach could be exactly what Chelsea’s young squad need as they appear deprived of leadership.
Xavi announced that he would be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season after the Spanish icon largely enjoyed a positive spell in management at the Nou Camp. Despite trailing La Liga leaders Real Madrid by seven points, his time in charge will be remembered fondly.
He navigated a financial minefield while guiding Barcelona to the title last season and plays an attractive style of football that the Chelsea board would insist on in their Pochettino replacement.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank does represent a more pragmatic approach, but he continues to build on solid work at Chelsea’s local rivals and regularly outperforms their rivals who have a larger budget to work with.
As Chelsea are now forced to operate with financial constraints, marginal gains in all areas will be necessary and Frank is a specialist in that subject.
The appointment could also give Chelsea a helping hand in their pursuit of Ivan Toney, as the England forward enjoys a strong relationship with his Brentford boss and a reunion at Stamford Bridge could give them an edge over other interested parties.
Girona head coach Michel Sanchez has put himself on the radar of English teams after guiding his side to an unlikely title charge this season. Spearheaded by Artem Dovbyk, Girona and Michel have been this year’s surprise package and will be in line for a move to a top European club.
He impressively took Girona to promotion in his first season in charge before a 10th-placed finish and then an unexpected push for the title. Football.London claim that he is one of the names in the frame to replace Pochettino in addition to being the current bookies favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge.