Next Permanent Chelsea Manager Odds
|Frank Lampard to be the Next Permanent Chelsea Manager||2/5||Unibet|
|Patrick Viera to be the Next Permanent Chelsea Manager||5/1||Paddy Power|
|Nuno Espirito Santo to be the Next Permanent Chelsea Manager||14/1||Betfair|
|Diego Simeone to be the Next Permanent Chelsea Manager||18/1||Betfair|
|Max Allegri to be the Next Permanent Chelsea Manager||8/1||Unibet|
Maurizio Sarri’s future as manager of Chelsea is unclear. The Italian has been at Stamford Bridge for less than twelve months, although there has been permanent speculation that the former Napoli manager could walk away from the London club after the Blues have contested the Europa League final.
Sarri has been busy preparing for the clash against Arsenal in Baku, although it has been reported that the 60-year-old has agreed terms to become the next manager of Juventus following the departure of Max Allegri and he is a firm fixture in the Premier League Sack Race. Should this prove to be the case, then Chelsea will be searching for a replacement and there’s a well know club legend currently trading at odds-on.
Roman Abramovich’s policy of hiring and firing has still brought silverware to the club, while Sarri can be pleased that he delivered Champions League football back to Chelsea if indeed he does leave England in the summer. The big question is whether the Premier League giants are actually prepared to install the inexperienced Frank Lampard.
Next Permanent Chelsea Manager
Frank Lampard was linked to a number of vacant managerial positions last summer before agreeing to join Derby County and the 40-year-old has subsequently spent twelve months putting himself in the shop window thanks to a largely successful campaign with the Rams which saw them reach the Championship play-off final.
Derby also made headlines in both domestic cup competitions, beating Manchester United in the EFL Cup before a narrow defeat at Stamford Bridge, while the Midlands outfit beat Southampton in the FA Cup before losing to Brighton.
Will these achievements over the past year be enough for Abramovich to hire Lampard to become the next Chelsea manager? One bookmaker is trading 1/4 that it happens, although Unibet has bigger odds of 2/5 and these type of betting markets are subject to big price changes according to the latest rumours.
Lampard hasn’t exactly distanced himself from the potentially vacant post. In the build-up to Derby’s play-off final defeat against Aston Villa, the former midfielder admitted it was an “easy link” to make, although there appears to be the very real prospect of him teaming up with John Terry who is currently an assistant coach to Dean Smith at Villa Park.
Whether or not Lampard can prove successful as manager of Chelsea remains to be seen. There was criticism of his recent tactics at Wembley where the Rams manager approached the clash with a defensive mindset, while this assignment would clearly represent a big step up from being in charge at a Championship club.
Could Vieira Leave Nice for London?
Patrick Vieira has very strong associations with Arsenal Football Club, although he’s currently trading as the 5/1 second favourite with Paddy Power to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, with the 42-year-old having plenty of ambition to manage at the very top. It was rumoured he was considered for the Gunners job twelve months ago and perhaps the Nice manager will be on the Chelsea shortlist.
Vieira has more management experience than Lampard, having taken charge of New York City between 2016-18, while he’s spent the past season in charge at Nice and the Ligue 1 side finished seventh in their domestic league last season. It’s especially noticeable that this was achieved despite having one of the youngest teams in France.
Perhaps the Arsenal legend would turn down any approach from Chelsea on the basis that he’d prefer to eventually become the Gunners manager and Arsene Wenger recently predicted that this would happen. While Unai Emery remains in charge at the Emirates, Vieira can continue to operate successfully as Nice manager and wait in the wings for his opportunity.
Nuno Could Fit the Bill at Chelsea
Nuno Espirito Santo has only been a football manager for seven years, although the 45-year-old has already achieved some great things and that includes steering Wolves to promotion to the Premier League before engineering a top-half finish in the English top flight with Wanderers.
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While the Midlands club have backed Nuno financially in the market, Wolves can hardly be described as an expensively-assembled team and the powers-that-be at Chelsea would surely include the Portuguese on any shortlist for a vacant managerial position.
After all, Wanderers took four points off the Blues this season and it was nearly six, with Eden Hazard rescuing a point for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Wolves led 1-0 going into injury-time. With the London side having a transfer embargo in place for the next two transfer windows, Nuno could be a great fit in terms of having to work with the players already at the club.
Could Simeone be Prised from Madrid?
Diego Simeone has regularly been linked to top managerial roles in England, with the Argentine having achieved great things in charge of Atletico Madrid and it’s likely that the 49-year-old will be able to take his pick of the vacant positions when the time finally arrives for him to leave the Wanda Metropolitano.
El Cholo did suggest he might leave the Spanish capital at the end of the 2018/19 season although Simeone has since made comments that indicate that he wants to oversee the rebuilding job that the club face during the summer. While Antoine Griezmann seems destined to leave Atleti, it would seem that his manager might not be prepared to follow suit.
Chelsea have apparently been tracking Simeone for some time and it’s hard not to be impressed by someone who has ensured Atletico Madrid have competed for domestic and European silverware during the past few years. However, results have not always been achieved with glittering performances and the Argentine does favour a pragmatic approach to the game.
Max Allegri as Short as 8/1 to be Chelsea boss
Massimiliano Allegri has recently left Juventus after five wonderful years at the Turin club, with the 51-year-old having five consecutive Scudettos with the Old Lady in addition to four Coppa Italias. Juve also reached the Champions League final twice under the Italian and Allegri has bags of experience when it comes to dealing with strong characters in the dressing room.
It does appear that Allegri has positioned himself for the possible chance of managing Barcelona next season, with Ernesto Valverde’s future at the Nou Camp looking dim, although Ronald Koeman and Roberto Martinez are other managers also being linked with one of the ultimate managerial positions in Europe.
However, Chelsea are not shy in coming forward when it comes to approaching high-profile candidates and they are sure to be waiting in the wings should Allegri fail in his quest to take charge of Barcelona this summer. He is as short as 8/1 with Unibet to be next in the Blues hot-seat.
Mourinho, Zola and Deschamps Also on the List
It was a surprise when Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge for a second bite of the cherry and it would be a major shock if the Portuguese wound up at Chelsea for a third stint. Having left Manchester United under a cloud last season, it appears as though his time managing an English club is over.
Gianfranco Zola is currently part of the coaching staff under Maurizio Sarri and the Chelsea legend is as short as 25/1 with Betfair to make the step up to Head Coach, although it would seem more likely that the Italian would continue in a similar role under a new man.
Didier Deschamps is an interesting name in the mix, with the French national team manager having won the 2018 World Cup with Les Bleus and he might jump at the chance to manage several of his compatriots at Chelsea. N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud are currently at the club, while his clout could even see players like Paul Pogba or Antoine Griezmann eventually arrive.