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Andre Villas-Boas looks ready to step into the void at Stamford Bridge (now trading at a done-deal price of 1/33 at Stan James), as he becomes the next man in line to try and bring the Champions League to the club. After much Next Chelsea Manager betting speculation about Guus Hiddink being ready to return to the club to take over as permanent boss, followed by former Dutch star Marco van Basten apparently on the brink of taking over, it is the Portuguese man who we have been tipping all along on these pages, looks ready to take charge. After Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on the last day of the season after finishing empty handed, Chelsea were ready to look elsewhere to keep up with Manchester United in the league. Chelsea looked a very tired, unimaginative side last year, and so a breath of fresh air was needed. Villas-Boas has quit FC Porto and that really should only mean one thing. A couple of days ago Chelsea said that they wanted a quick resolution to their managerial situation, and a new boss looks ready to step in and stamp his mark. Villas-Boas is one of the most highly regarded young bosses in the game, and led FC Porto to a treble last year, picking up the Portuguese league title without losing a game, winning the Portuguese Cup as well as beating Braga in the final of the Europa League. It is that incredible efficiency which Chelsea are going to be banking on in order to get them some silverware.
There was a release clause in the contract of Villas-Boas, which meant he was free to leave if someone offered just over £13 million to get him. Porto said that they hadn’t received such an offer, but with Villas-Boas resigning, the saga of Next Chelsea manager has pretty much been settled. Villas-Boas, the youngest ever manager to win a European title (at just 33) comes from a very good stable, having been assistant to The Special One Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, Porto and Chelsea. So there is history there between him and the London club, and while Inter Milan were very keen to get the Portuguese man, they would not stump up the money to get him. This is a different breed of manager for Chelsea, someone fresh and new, someone who has dedicated himself to the study of the science of coaching from his teenage years. This is not a footballer who has earned his stripes through playing, this is a man of science. There is an edge about Villas-Boas which should work well at Chelsea, and suddenly the successful days of the Mourinho era at Stamford Bridge will be at the front of the Stamford Bridge fans. But there will be a decisive difference between what Villas-Boas will have to offer over that which Mourinho did for the club. Mourinho was often bemoaned for being too defensive in his approach, happy to take 1-0 wins, while Villas-Boas is probably more of a risk taker, and we can expect a more attacking approach from him.
That is the thing which Chelsea have been lacking. They have not had the courage in conviction in going forward,even with the star names in their squad. That is not to say that defensive is not a big part of the Villas-Boas way, because it is. It all starts at the back and again the key word you can pick up on is efficiency. If the Porto model is anything to go by, then there is going to be a much quicker movement of the ball from the back to the front. He is a big admirer of what Pep Guardiola has done at Barcelona, and while there seems to be a strong organisation of efficiency, he seems to be able to allow individual talent to flourish. With Chelsea targeting big names such as Nilmar, Neymar and Falcao in the summer transfer market, it could be a Chelsea with a different look and feel about them, starting from the managerial position. This is a big stab in the dark from the Chelsea organisation, with owner Roman Abramovich looking to fulfil his obsession about winning the Champions League. But first he must start with the Premier League and chasing down Manchester United. That will be the first place to look at for your Chelsea betting with Andre Villas-Boas in charge. How much will his influence effect your betting options?
Well, Chelsea are at 11/4 with online bookmaker Unibet at the moment to win the 2011/12 Premier League title. That is good value because of course we don’t yet fully know what Villas-Boas will bring, in terms of tactics nor personnel. Still, he is an exciting prospect for Chelsea, a breath of fresh air for the club, and it could just be the very tonic needed for Chelsea to get back in amongst the silverware. Chelsea are 9/1 third favourites now at Victor Chandler to win the Champions League, and 6/1 at VC Bet to win the FA Cup.
Speculation continues to mount over the future of Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, so it is time to look at the Next Chelsea Manager betting odds at the bookies. After seeing his side fail to put up any kind of fight at Old Trafford in the big Premier League title showdown, and after failing again in the Champions League, Ancelotti and Chelsea will finish empty handed this season. There’s not even an FA Cup or Carling Cup to cushion the blow of missing out on the big titles. Italian Carlo Ancelotti does actually have another year on his contract with the club, but he just couldn’t replicate the success of his double winning first season in charge. It was a lot to live up to, and a poor run of form either side of the new year, plus a big money signing on Fernando Torres not paying dividends, Chelsea have fallen short of their standards. There are rumours of personnel changes in the team over the summer as the London club look to land that elusive Champions League title. But will Carlo Ancelotti be in charge for that? According to rumours circling around, the club want Guus Hiddink to come back to the Bridge and take over. The affable and much revered Hiddink took temporary control of the club in 2009 and landed the FA Cup for Chelsea. He was a hugely popular figure with the players and did a very solid job. Players, including club captain John Terry wanted Hiddink to stay on, but the Dutchman honoured his agreement to a role with the Russian national side. Had an opportunity but turned down the job before, but looks to be the front runner at the moment Next Chelsea boss betting odds. Hiddink is trading at 4/1 with Bet365. Good integrity in the man, which may prevent him taking the job at Stamford Bridge in order to concentrate on his job with the Turkish national side.
Other names are being bandied around the Chelsea rumour mill in next Chelsea manager betting odds, in case Carlo Ancelotti is to get the push at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho (7/2 at Bet365) has expressed an interest to get back to the Premier League, but after leaving on acrimonious terms, he’s unlikely to return. However, he is the outright favourite in Chelsea manager betting. Others like Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola (8/1 at Bet365) and Harry Redknapp (6/1 at Bet365) are trading well with the bookmakers. However, there are a couple of names which should take some further and deeper consideration. Andre Villas-Boas is a young Portuguese manager who learnt his trade under Jose Mourinho, and therefore already has ties with Chelsea. Villas-Boas would be the brave, adventurous choice by Chelsea, if they really wanted to shake things up and try a different direction. Really would consider a bet on him on next Chelsea manager betting, as he is reasonably priced at 5/1 with SkyBet. The other name is Louis van Gaal, the much respected former Bayern Munich manager, who got the Germans to the final of last year’s Champions League. He really would make for a good fit at the club, as managers don’t really come much more savvy and tactically sound than Van Gaal. He would definitely solve the problem of fitting Torres in, as he has a reputation of building formations around players, not the other way around.
Chelsea manager betting is hotting up after Chelsea blew their final chance of silverware in the Champions League. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti looks to have bought himself some time, as he team rallied from a 1-0 deficit at West Brom, to take the three points with a 3-0 win. The Blues looked to have shaken off their Champions League woes, as they exited in a limp fashion against Manchester United, without really ever raising their game and looking competitive. The poor form of £50 million striker Fernando Torres has not helped them in any way shape or form, and Ancelotti was criticised for starting the Spaniard in the second leg against United, instead of Didier Drogba. Torres was resigned to the bench for Chelsea’s trip to West Brom, and almost broke his goal scoring duck for his new club when he came on with ten minutes to go, only a debatable off side call denying him. That victory leaves Chelsea just six games on the season now, and it is a season which end trophy-less for them. It has been quite a harsh fall for Ancelotti, who won a manager of the month award at the start of the new season, and was riding high on the success of doing the domestic double last season. It’s all come unravelled a bit, with Chelsea going through a terrible, and uncharacteristic slump either side of the turn of the new year, and their players simply not performing. Fingers have been pointed at Chelsea’s aging side, with the likes of Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard not getting any younger, and with the Champions League evading them yet again, owner Roman Abramovich may just have had enough. The speculation about Ancelotti’s future is mounting, and the Chelsea manager betting list is growing, with the Italian himself saying that he would no problem if he were to fired, because he hasn’t won anything this year. Ancelotti’s record in management is still very impressive, but with the Chelsea strikers not clicking, and a £50 million striker not scoring, Chelsea could see sweeping changes in the summer, not only of players like Drogba potentially leaving, but of course, Ancelotti himself.
So, on to the fun rumours of who the next Chelsea boss may possibly be, and here we will take a look at Next Chelsea manager odds. There are two wild card entrants which have been reported. John Terry has stated that he would love to become Chelsea manager, and a selection would not get any more popular than that. Having never managed before would probably count him out, and it is something more likely he would do when he retires than right now. The other is that Abramovich would take over things himself. He is reportedly getting more and more hands on at the club. Would he take the reins fully of his toy? No. Seriously? Avram Grant is speculated to be heading back to the bridge to become director of football in the summer, so who would be the ideal man to replace Ancelotti, should the Italian get the boot? Let’s weigh up the next Chelsea manager odds for the list of main candidates.
Guus Hiddink: 7/2 at Bet365
Outright favourite because he is so highly regarded, and did so well fitting in when he took over Chelsea on an interim basis in 2009. Has bags of international managerial experience, currently at the helm of Turkey. After winning the FA Cup for Chelsea in his short stint, you could tell the players really respected the man. Really is the front runner, but has not been a man to walk away from jobs. The likes of Chelsea captain John Terry wanted him to stay on, but he held up his agreement with his job with the Russian national side instead. Good value for the next Chelsea manager betting, but has refused the job before.
Jose Mourinho: 7/2 at Bet365
The Special One has hinted that he would love another crack at the Premier League. The Real Madrid boss is a proven winner and saw Chelsea through their most successful period. There is no doubt that Chelsea fans would want to see him back at the club. He made Chelsea the power that they were (up until this season) and would dearly love to have him back to recreate his successes. Don’t see him re-treading old ground though, and with the alleged bitterness surrounding his departure with Abramovic, probably won’t be back at the Bridge.
Marco Van Basten: 11/1 at Victor Chandler
Interesting name which keeps cropping up. Really doesn’t seem to be a name which jumps off the page at you. Has been out of work since 2009, and has an agreement that will see him manager of Sporting CP in 2011 (given that Bruno de Carvalho wins presidency elections at the club). Unlikely. Chelsea need a proven manager for their obsession with the Champions League, Van Basten does not fit the bill for your next Chelsea manager betting odds.
Pep Guardiola: 11/1 at Victor Chandler
Seriously? Not going to leave Barcelona to try and revive a slumping Chelsea squad.
Andre Villas Boas: 10/1 at Bet365
Very interesting name to be floating around. The Portugeuse manager of Porto is just 33 years old and just finding his way in the world of club management. He 30 games of boss of Academica in Portugal before moving to Port. He won the league for them at the first attempt and in convincing fashion. Exciting, full of promise and potential. Could bring something different to Chelsea, a breath of fresh air at the club. Was Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Chelsea and at Inter Milan, so has learned from the best. Best outside shot for your Chelsea manager betting.
Didier Deschamps: 10/1 at Bet365
Has done a wonderful job at Marseille which requires respect. The former Chelsea man would be welcome back at the Bridge, and showed his credentials when his Marseille side made Man Utd work so hard in the Champions League. Would be a popular, but unlikely move.
Frank Rijkaard: 10/1 at Bet365
Would certainly bring a bit of attacking flair to Chelsea, and they need to get something more out of their attack. Wouldn’t have any trouble managing big star names following his stint at Barcelona. Was hired at Galatassary but didn’t last long there.
Louis van Gaal: 16/1 at Bet365
Our tip in the next Chelsea manager betting markets. He has shown before that he simply works with what is in front of him, and builds formations around players, and doesn’t try and squeeze players into formations. Recently fired from Bayern Munich, where he gained so much respect for taking them to the Champions League final last year, and for their achievements in the Bundesliga. Would be a perfect fit, translating the best of the powerful and pacy German game into the English Premier League. Fell out with Bayern for sticking to his guns about a deal for keeper Manuel Neuer.
Marcelo Lippi: 18/1 at Bet365
Another Italian? Out of a job and could be ready to step in. Proven International manager, and builds unity in teams. Lippi has never worked outside of Italy interestingly. Has the experience of building good teams, but it wouldn’t be a dynamic move by Chelsea.
Rafael Benitez: 20/1 at Bet365
Chelsea fans will be hoping for one word when they hear this name being bandied around. That is “No.” Dragged Liverpool down with poor squad transfer options (although got the best out of Torres), but having only won less than half of 25 matches in charge of Inter Milan, he didn’t last long there. Would not be a popular choice.