The Roman Abramovich versus managers’ circus, continued ten minutes after Chelsea’s final day defeat against Everton, with the Russian’s widely criticised decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti. Naturally such a high profile job will link all the top managers across the world of football, with Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola and former interim manager Guus Hiddink just a couple of examples said to be on the short list for the vacancy at Stamford Bridge. However, rather surprisingly in recent days it is Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Harry Redknapp, who is said to be favourite, but should the former West Ham manager really leave White Hart Lane, to take over one of football’s hardest jobs?
Abramovich is now looking for his seventh manager in eight years since taking over Chelsea, would Redknapp accept working under an owner who demands success every season? The current Tottenham manager is very experienced, so working under pressure and stress is nothing new, but with all due respect to previous employers’ of Redknapp none of them have carried the expectations that such a club as Chelsea desires. The sixty four year old has always achieved great things with the clubs’ he has managed, West Ham established Premier League side, Portsmouth F.A Cup winners and Spurs reached the Champions League quarter finals this season, so it wouldn’t be unexpected for Redknapp to give Abramovich his desired Champions League final victory, so why would taking this job be a mad gamble by ‘Arry?
It is widely speculated that Redknapp will be the man to lead the three lions after Fabio Capello leaves after Euro 2012, but football is a fickle ol’ game. If Redknapp did become the manager of Chelsea and fail, it will see a huge negative backlash from the media and fans alike. Would we still want ‘Arry if he is out of the Stamford Bridge hot seat after six months? As much as we all want to say ‘of course’, I have my doubts. Luis Felipe Scolari was a well respected manager and the first World Cup winning manager in the Premier League, less than a season later, the former Portugal manager left with his reputation hindered; my point being it really doesn’t take a lot to be on the verge of managing England to then being rejected for a job at Suwon Bluewings!
When you look at the big picture, ‘Arry has spent years building a reputation at ‘lesser’ teams but has always been trying for that ‘big club job’, and with Spurs he has achieved it. However at sixty four a team of Chelsea’s stature will more than likely not come around again for the former Bournemouth manager. Should he take a risk that will see him either end his managerial career at Chelsea or be on the managerial scrap heap in six months? A job that will ultimately end his chance at the prestigious job that is England manager.