Next Chelsea Manager Odds – Who Will Succeed Sarri?
Chelsea look to be on the hunt for yet another manager with Maurizio Sarri widely expected to join Italian giants Juventus.
Here’s our look at the names in the frame to replace Sarri as well as the next Chelsea manager odds should a vacancy arise at Stamford Bridge.
Next Chelsea Manager Betting – Who Are the Names in the Frame to be the Next Boss at Stamford Bridge?
Case for: A Blues legend and an appointment that would be widely welcomed by the fanbase. Lampard also demonstrated plenty of courage in opting to cut his teeth in management in the Championship and could also be the right man to finally make full use of Chelsea’s talented youth set-up.
Case against: Is it a season too soon? The former England international deserves huge credit for guiding a young Derby side to the Championship play-offs, but his appointment would still be a significant risk given he only has a year’s worth of experience in the dugout, and his Derby side looked some way off being Premier League standard.
Current odds: 16/25
Case for: Genuine elite-level pedigree after a stellar managerial reign at Juventus. He’s also free and looking for a new challenge and would be a ‘statement’ appointment as the Blues look to close the gap on Man City and Liverpool.
Case against: Would he fancy it given the difficulties he would likely have to face this summer given Chelsea’s transfer ban? A direct job swap with Sarri may also be off-putting for the Italian. Plus Chelsea may want to take a new direction themselves after two Italian coaches in a row.
Current odds: 9/2
Case for: The Spaniard can offer instant Premier League experience and punched well above his weight with Watford last season in guiding them to an 11th-place finish and an FA Cup Final. Could also work well with Chelsea’s current circumstances due to his experience working within Watford’s unique transfer set-up.
Case against: Perhaps lacks the ‘wow factor’ of previous appointments at Stamford Bridge – particularly with some tempting free agents on the market for Chelsea to turn to first. Chelsea may also be reluctant to splash out significant compensation given the short-term nature of many of their previous appointments.
Current odds: 8/1
Case for: He seems to be linked with every Premier League vacancy going and clearly fancies a return to England at some stage after fine-turning his managerial skills with New York City and Nice. Could this be the right time to take that risk? A more than respectable 7th place finish in Ligue 1 last season with Nice suggests he could be ready to make that next step.
Case against: If Chelsea are going to go down the experimental route with a younger manager, the likes of Lampard and Holland look a more natural fit given their previous links with the club. Would Viera also want to risk what history suggests could be a potentially short-lived stint with the Blues given his more natural affiliation for Arsenal and Man City?
Current odds: 12/1
Case for: Unlikely to get fans’ pulses racing, but as a club man through and through, and after six years as assistant manager to various managers, the current England No.2 would be able to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. The transfer ban also makes Holland an interesting leftfield appointment given his familiarity with many of the Blues’ young stars.
Case against: The only name on this list with no direct managerial experience, this would be Chelsea’s biggest managerial gamble to date, particularly with the race for Champions League places so nip-and-tuck in the Premier League. Could struggle to plead for time if he was to get off to a slow start.
Current odds: 20/1
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Case for: Looks to be the next A-list manager in waiting after an outstanding couple of seasons at Wolves, even taking into account his significant backing. The Portuguese looks to be enjoying his current project at Wolves but will be measuring up how far he can take them – possibly opening the door to Chelsea to try and approach him this summer where he can legitimately claim to be one of football management’s hottest properties.
Case against: Why leave when you’ve got a good thing going? One extra heave this summer could feasibly push Nuno into the ‘Big Six’ with his current club – and probably put him to the front of the queue for even bigger vacancies than Chelsea.
Current odds: 25/1
Case for: Stranger things have happened. The Blues have already re-appointed him once before and Mourinho would be fired up to prove all his critics once by adding yet another Premier League title on his CV just as his star looks to be waning. Enough time has passed to suggest he could quickly put that acrimonious 2016 departure aside and stamp his authority on a third Chelsea squad.
Case against: Could the powers-that-be at Stamford Bridge face all that psychodrama again? Given the fallout from Mourinho’s second departure, Chelsea would be exposing themselves to plenty of press scrutiny just at a time where they probably need a low-maintenance unifier at the helm.
Current odds: 28/1
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Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.