Whilst Jose Mourinho had certainly led the Blues to their lowest ebb in recent memory this season, news of his shock departure from the Stamford Bridge dug-out nonetheless arrived as a surprise to many.
The enigmatic Portuguese tactician may have lost the backing of his players in somewhat dramatic fashion, this current Chelsea outfit do seem to lack a sense of team spirit and togetherness, and it’s certainly becoming increasingly harder to imagine the Blues ever making the top-four at the end of the current campaign – but maybe the decision to sack Jose Mourinho wasn’t entirely necessary.
However, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone already reportedly being lined up to replace the former Chelsea boss at Stamford Bridge next season, talk surrounding Mourinho’s successor is currently rife.
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In light of the massive task currently awaiting the club’s next permanent manager, should Roman Abramovich really move for Simeone in the summer, or does another potential candidate represent a smarter move for Chelsea next season?
If his managerial form in La Liga is to offer anything to go by, then Diego Simeone could easily go down as a wise move for the Chelsea bosses to consider at the end of the season.
The former Argentinean international is relatively young, extremely passionate and possesses a decent managerial C.V. to back up any support surrounding the 45-year-old this term. Simeone has already guided Atletico Madrid to the league title despite facing off with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, and could have easily led his team to Champions League glory in 2014 had it not been for some last minute heroics from his La Liga rivals.
Although Simeone does in-fact seem rather attached to his current employers, the wealth of resources behind the scenes at Chelsea could prove enough to tempt the fiery South American in the end. The former River Plate manager has already shown his capabilities with a restricted budget at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in recent years, so his potential to produce the goods at Stamford Bridge certainly seems promising.
Chelsea could also potentially witness a resurgence within Diego Costa’s overall game should his former manager be sworn in at Stamford Bridge, subsequently offering the Blues that all-important step up in form their fans have desperately been seeking.
Whilst it would be wrong to over-sensationalise the current situation surrounding the club, Chelsea could find their long-term future dramatically at risk if they fail to appoint the right manager this time around. After declining the chance to help Jose Mourinho build a lasting legacy in the Premier League, Roman Abramovich has arguably transformed his expensively assembled outfit into little more than a firing club with little patience in the modern era.
With Diego Simeone successfully on board next season, however, such an eventuality could easily be reversed. He is young enough to develop something truly meaningful at Stamford Bridge if issued with an adequate enough period of time, and could even go one step further than Mourinho by bringing the Champions League trophy to West London at some stage down the line.
As very few exceptional managerial names remain available at this specific moment in time, the current Atletico Madrid manager must go down as one of the only possible candidates worthy on taking on such a huge role next summer.
For now though, the task will seemingly be handed down to Guus Hiddink, who could nonetheless turn himself into a standout contender when the dust surrounding Jose Mourinho’s recent departure finally settles by the end of the campaign.