Chelsea’s impending two-window transfer ban is not only set to affect player recruitment, but it could dampen managerial recruitment too as Massimiliano Allegri will reportedly turn down the club for Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Pochettino has openly admitted if his Spurs side wins the Champions League this season he may look for new challenges, and a vacancy has just opened up at Juventus after Allegri announced his departure earlier this week.
According to Express Sport, the Old Lady are eyeing Pochettino to replace Allegri at the helm and the Italian would snub Stamford Bridge in order to take the reins in North London.
It all boils down to having funds to spend this summer, which is why most of the names linked with succeeding Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea aren’t heavyweights in the managerial game.
Sarri has led the Blues to a third-place Premier League finish, League Cup Final and Europa League Final in his first season in charge, but has been the subject of heavy criticism for a number of reasons during his tenure.
The Italian has already admitted he’s not confident of staying on in the capital beyond the summer, but by the looks of things isn’t expected to be replaced by Allegri.
Potential successors to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea
The Chelsea great, and possibly the club’s most designed midfielder ever, has enjoyed a brilliant inaugural season as a football manager. His Derby County side are one win away from earning Premier League promotion, with Aston Villa standing in their way in the Play-Off Final. He could be the perfect candidate to take over and start rebuilding something special at Stamford Bridge.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Another manager who has impressed this season is Nuno Espirito Santo. The Portuguese boss has guided Wolves to Europa League football in their first season back in the Premier League, following a seventh-place finish. There’s no doubting his ability to manage at a high level in the top-flight, so it would be a wise appointment.
Simeone’s mad personality would suit the Stamford Bridge touchline perfectly, and he’s not a bad manager either. With star players such as Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, it could be the perfect time for Simeone to jump ship.
Sarri’s current no. 2 shouldn’t, and won’t be first choice to replace the Italian manager but he’s loved by fans and would probably save the club a lot of money. With in excess of £100million to come in for Eden Hazard though, it’s doubtful money will be a rarity for Chelsea this summer yet he could still be a wise appointment.
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