If Chelsea removed Jose Mourinho from the helm at Stamford Bridge, it would cost them roughly £27 million if the details of his relatively new contract are reported as correct.
Now they sit in 14th position, just 3 points off the relegation zone, 14 points off fourth spot, 17 points off leaders Leicester.
Saturday’s defeat to Bournemouth also produces startling statistics. It was the first time Chelsea have been kept scoreless at Stamford Bridge since May 2014. It is Chelsea’s 10th defeat of the season in all competitions. They are also 21 points worse off than what they were at this stage last season.
So now, Chelsea are in between an enormous rock and an incredibly hard place. Do they sack The Special One with a high price, the man held at the highest esteem and sentiment with the Chelsea fans, or do they keep him on, a style not used previously by the hierarchy since the beginning of the change in ownership during times of extreme difficulty on and off the pitch at present?
The club, which has been described as a “soap opera” by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp following the defeat on Saturday evening, have allowed the ship to drift into unknown waters since the beginning of the Abramovich reign.
The body of water can only be identified as patience, but how much patience can one have following a cut-throat precedence in the past which has been so harshly criticised, but for the most part, so successful?
Idealists will look at Manchester United and the Ferguson model. The trust in the early years of his career were as important as the treble winning year and the league title after league title dominance which put Manchester United on top of the domestic title table after a long time of looking up to Liverpool.
They would have pointed the finger at Chelsea and Roman Abramovich following the conveyor belt of managerial appointments during the latter years of Fergie’s period of stability.
Yes, ideally a club can grow a philosophy and develop a pool of wealth in young talent which Manchester United were for so many years with one man in charge for so long, but not every club can fit this ideal.
In fact, Chelsea have been the most successful club in England since Abramovich took over, with 12 major trophies (not including the Europa League) that beats Manchester United by 1 major trophy (not including the Club World Cup).
So in theory, who cares if Chelsea chop and change at will? We all admire Abramovich giving a manager a chance when things go south at long last, but maybe this trust is in vain.
The reason why now is the time for Chelsea to look elsewhere, is simple. They have options that may not be there in the summer. It has come to a stage where Chelsea are beyond a laughing stock and may have come to a point of no return. It could be worth £27 million if you put it in context. Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa both cost more individually than £27 million in the summer of 2014.
With Pep Guardiola’s uncertain future at Bayern Munich being speculated and unemployed Carlo Ancelotti, who did not rule out a second bite of the cherry at managing Chelsea, there are two potential choices that would not drop below the high standards of Jose Mourinho.
Let’s look at the two choices:
This man has expressed his wishes to someday manage in the Premier League. He has a formidable win percentage of over 70% as a manager and has an impressive stat of winning a trophy every 18 games and if Chelsea were to part ways with Mourinho and find a suitable interim, they could persuade the current Bayern Munich manager to join them as his contract runs out at the end of this season. However, they may have to fight other English clubs to obtain his services.
“As a player, I couldn’t realise my dream to play there. But I hope in the future I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager there and feel the experience of all the coaches and players that have been there.” – Guardiola, as quoted in The Telegraph.
Probably the only manager in Chelsea history to win the league title playing breath-taking football and was sacked very harshly. The Italian has an incredible track record, including elite league titles in Italy, France, Spain and England, Champions Leagues with AC Milan and Real Madrid and he won the double in his first season in charge at Chelsea during the 09/10 season.
He said he will not return to Chelsea as an interim if Jose gets shown the door but if Chelsea want him on the touchline next year, they will also have to battle it out with many other clubs in the summer. Ancelotti is currently living in Vancouver team-less but is waiting for the call to return to the game.
“I would like to come back to work in England. I love the football here, I still have a house in London, and I would like to be with a team that is competitive in England and in Europe.” – Ancelotti, as quoted by The National.
Brein McGinn, Pundit Arena.