After speculation that Rafa Benitez could be on his way to Chelsea, and with Sarri’s departure imminent, Newcastle fans had reason to worry.
But reporter Matt Law has eased the nerves of the Newcastle fans by stating it looks unlikely such a move will happen, leaving Chelsea supporters still wondering who will be the man in the hot seat next season.
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Rafa Benitez has previously managed at Liverpool which will not impress the Stamford Bridge faithful and as it stands Chelsea are known to be looking for a manager who plays attractive football, something that Maurizio Sarri tried to implement at the club during his first season in charge.
Benitez was not a popular figure during his previous spell in charge at Stamford Bridge and the same feelings were likely to be repeated this time around.
Only time will tell as to who will be managing the Blues next season, however, the first task of the new coach will be to work out how to replace Hazard, despite the club’s two-window transfer ban.
Four key things the new Chelsea manager must do
Make use of the youth
With so many talented youngsters in and around the Chelsea squad and out on loan, the new manager must make the most of players such as Abraham and Hudson-Odoi.
With talismanic figure Eden Hazard leaving for Real Madrid, goals, assists and creativity need to come from elsewhere, possibly new boy Christian Pulisic.
Bring a philosophy
Chelsea fans have grown unhappy with Sarri’s possession-based but stubborn football despite the success, they crave a more flexible manager who will bring an attacking style of football to the club.
With a transfer embargo highly likely, the manager must improve senior players such as the likes of Willian and Pedro to make sure the side is showing their maximum capabilities to challenge on several fronts.