It looks very much like Maurizio Sarri will be leaving Chelsea after just one full season in charge at Stamford Bridge. The latest update in that saga came from The Times a few days ago, as it was claimed the Italian would leave to join Juventus with Chelsea’s blessing.
Should that go ahead and Sarri does leave London to return to Italy, the debate will reopen as to who the Blues should appoint as their new gaffer, and they’ve had one recommendation already from French journalist Julien Laurens.
You may not have heard of Laurens, but the Frenchman is well worth listening to. The experienced media man works for La Parisien and features regularly on BT Sport and ESPN. This time though, his comments have come via TalkSPORT.
Whilst talking to Natalie Sawyer on the radio station, Laurens claimed:
“It’s a huge summer for Chelsea.
“It’s a key time to decide what direction they go in this summer and with who they go into that new direction with.
“They could try to go for Erik ten Hag at Ajax. His English is perfect and Chelsea have got this amazing academy, with players like Mason Mount and others.”
There will already be loads of clubs eyeing up the Ajax manager given how he’s turned his Ajax side into a juggernaut in Europe this season. It really isn’t hard to see why he’s in demand either.
The Dutchman is an incredible manager and while it may have taken him some time to turn the Amsterdam club into what they are, the results have been worth the wait as the Eredivisie side have won a domestic double and made the Champions League semi-finals.
However, the only issue with appointing ten Hag at Stamford Bridge would be how long it might take him to start getting results. There is a very cut-throat approach from Roman Abramovic when it comes to his managers and whether or not ten Hag would get the chance to work his miracles is anyone’s guess.
Should Abramovic decide to gamble on the Dutchman then Blues fans would have a reason to celebrate, especially if he can bring some of his young Ajax trailblazers to the club alongside him.
A 4-1 win away at the Santiago Bernabeu and a 2-1 win at Juventus’ Allianz Arena put ten Hag and his Ajax side on the map before their cruel heartbreak at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, but he’s certainly proved he could lead at Chelsea, although it would rely on Abramovic changing his tone and being patient for success.