Chelsea aren’t known for giving their managers too much time to bring success to Stamford Bridge. Recent years have seen bosses such as Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti spend just a couple of seasons in charge before the big chop arrives.
The summer saw Maurizzio Sarri take over at the Bridge and the early part of the season saw some success. They went on an unbeaten run in the Premier League and a top four finish and a return to the Champions League was looking possible.
Sarri in Trouble
Chelsea may be in the Carabao Cup final, the FA Cup fifth round and the last 32 of the Europa League, but Sarri is still in big trouble. A devastating 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday has left them seven points behind the top four. You can probably hear Roman Abramovich beginning to sharpen his axe but who would be the next in charge?
Rather than scouring Europe for a new manager, it’s possible they might look at their current backroom staff. Gianfranco Zola is currently their assistant manager and would be a popular choice with the fans if he was to take over from Sarri in the summer, or perhaps even sooner.
Zola spent seven years playing for the London side and became a club legend. He scored 81 goals for the club before moving to Cagliari. Moving into the management world, Zola has already been in charge of West Ham United, Watford and Birmingham.
The bonus of appointing Zola is that you get a manager who knows a great deal about the English Premier League. That must be better than the succession of bosses who arrive at Stamford Bridge with no Premier League experience. Zola is available at odds of 7/2 with Paddy Power to become the next manager of Chelsea.