Pep Guardiola just 4/1 to be next Chelsea manager

Can an under-performing Chelsea tempt Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich?

Pep Guardiola just 4/1 to be next Chelsea manager

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Glen Laidlaw

October 5th, 2015

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Chelsea’s poor season continued on Saturday afternoon as they were hammered 3-1 at home to Southampton and it remains to be seen whether boss Jose Mourinho can survive any further defeats.

Stamford Bridge has long been a fortress, the ground regularly seeing visiting teams return home with nothing for their troubles, however this is not the case this season and Southampton are just the latest in a line of sides taking advantage of an out-of-sorts Blues.

The home side took the lead in the tenth minutes courtesy of a Willian goal, however the Saints levelled shortly before the break thanks to a Steven Davis strike and they sealed the points with second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, thus heaping further pressure upon Mourinho.

Nevertheless, the Portuguese ‘special one’ maintains that he has no plans to give up his position, although the bookies are pricing up his potential replacements. Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is firm favourite at 4/1 to take control at Stamford Bridge, whilst Carlo Ancelotti is 8/1 ahead of Diego Simeone ( 12/1 ) and Antonio Conte ( 14/1 ).

“I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away,” Mourinho said after the defeat to Southampton. “Two, if the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibilities or my team.

“Third – and I think this is even more important than the first and the second – it is a crucial moment in the history of this club. You know why? Because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club had. The message is again that bad results and the manager is guilty.”

Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that Mourinho’s future will be determined by Chelsea’s under-performing players and he reckons that the Blues boss has completely lost the dressing room.

“I’ve been inside dressing rooms, modern-day dressing rooms, and I can see sometimes that the players aren’t really at it for their manager,” he said on Saturday evening. “It sounds wrong, but it’s true. I’ve felt it and you can see it.

“Certain players now will be getting into cliques. You’ve got different languages in the dressing room and one or two will be saying he’s lost the dressing room. Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic together might be saying, ‘Things aren’t working any more are they?’ There will be a lot of people looking for parachutes to jump out the plane. That’s modern-day football.

“They’ve got to somehow pull it back in. Is Jose capable of doing it? I’ll give you an example. John Terry, Taking his captain off at half-time at Man City – that doesn’t help. Subbing Matic when you’re 3-1 down – that doesn’t help. Blaming the players like he is all the time… it’s not what he has done previously…  at the moment he is throwing grenades everywhere.”

 

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