Blanc to Chelsea edges closer after assistant manager is decided

Laurent Blanc moved closer to becoming the new Chelsea manager after it was decided that Franck Passi would come with him to Stamford Bridge as assistant manager, according to The Express. 

What’s the latest, then?

The Express report that Blanc has moved closer to the Stamford Bridge hotseat after two days of talks. The issue of who was going to be the Frenchman’s assistant had been a stumbling block but that is reportedly resolved now.

The report says that Blanc wanted Saint Etienne manager Jean-Louis Gasset, who has been his number two wherever he has been, but was snubbed in favour of a stay at the Ligue 1 club.

They claim that Passi is the man that Blanc has moved to bring to West London with him if further negotiations are successful and he is announced as the Blues manager.

How will Blanc fare without Gasset?

It is always a concern when a manager is shorn of his reliable sounding board; it remains to be seen how Jose Mourinho will cope without Rui Faria and it would be a worry for Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp does not patch things up with Zeljko Buvac at Anfield.

On the other hand, Sir Alex Ferguson was a master of constantly shaking up his backroom staff so that his ideas did not go stale throughout his incredible duration at the pinnacle of football.

Blanc and Passi’s relationship will be absolutely key if the Frenchman is to overcome fears that he is a slightly underwhelming appointment and guide Chelsea back into the top four at the very least.