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Zola? Rijkaard! - The Guessing Game

Zola? Rijkaard! - The Guessing Game

The news, when it broke, that Pep Guardiola had opted to take over at Bayern Munich rather than Chelsea next season, must have been greeted with raised eyebrows amongst the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge.

The mantra portrayed by the suited gentlemen in charge, assisted by the tabloid press, seemed to suggest that when it comes to our next manager, all our eggs had been placed in one basket.

However, events since Roman Abramovich took over the club and the subsequent plethora of managers that have been hired and fired; makes the Chelsea job appear to be something of a poisoned chalice or something to line the early retirement fund.

Reading between the lines, the opinion many of us get is that all is not well at Chelsea Football Club and that all familiar self-destruct button we`ve grown up with is still very prevalent. In fact a good comparison might be one that compares that little Dutch boy with his finger stuck in the hole in the dyke keeping back the flood water.

Today, with Pep Guardiola out of the picture, one prominent member of the tabloid media has stepped forward and inferred that the legend that is Gianfranco Zola could be the next occupant of the Chelsea hot-seat.

Giving foundation to their inference, they`ve come up with some old quotes from Gianfranco that infer he does have a genuine interest in the job, quotes that read,

"One of my dreams is a day when I can become the manager of Chelsea."

"Chelsea is in my heart. I hope one day I will get the chance to be manager there."

"One day I would like to be good enough to manage Chelsea. It is in my heart."

"Mr Abramovich has been very good to me and asked me a couple of times to go back to Chelsea to work, but what`s the point going there and not having anything to do for the club."

"The way I see it is that I want to go there when I now I can give something back to the club."

Now whether Gianfranco is a serious contender or not remains to be seen but with another former hero, Roberto Di Matteo, having been so shoddily treated, I`d imagine there`d be a degree of apprehension when it comes to accepting the position at this current moment in time.

However, the same tabloid does go on to infer that there are other names in the frame, with the following being mentioned,

Jose Mourinho

Jurgen Klopp

Michael Laudrup

Diego Simeone

All prominent candidates who could be in with a chance of taking on the position, however, one person remains readily available, a certain Frank Rijkaard, now what was it I was saying about a Dutch lad sticking his finger in that hole trying to prevent the dyke from bursting and destroying everything?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday January 18 2013
Time: 1:04PM


I'm not sure what good would come of Zola save for more disappointment. We need a manager with a proven track record who can come in and bring some stability. That's Mourinho--and we know this because he's already done it. I like Klopp a lot, but see no reason why he'd leave Dortmund, especially when he can prove himself against Pep next season.
18/01/2013 13:24:00
I WANT JOSE MOURINHO OR GUS POYET!!!!! No other decision! Zola isnt a chelsea manager yet! Maybe in 5 - 10 years! Chelsea job is the most difficult! Perfect woudl be Jose as a Coach and Hiddink as a advisor for Roman!
18/01/2013 13:30:00
JM x 4...only please, for me, it has to be the special 1... if that fails for whatever reason, this Laudrup chap looks like he has something...and he will certainly be higher up in the betting stakes as our next manager when he finishes up the Carling Cup job on us at the Liberty stadium next week
18/01/2013 13:30:00
Only one man LAUDRUP
18/01/2013 13:35:00
Agree Rad. Jose all the way. Swallow your pride Roman, he's the bestmmanager out there.
18/01/2013 13:38:00
I certainly want Gus Hiddink to replace to ME as the advisor to RA. As for manager, I am fancy to get someone Laudrup or Rijkaard although the latter has more experience in Europe... Also the most important, RA and all of us has to be patient and ready to be without any cups in the beginning.... Youths and depths are the most important....
18/01/2013 13:40:00
If we get rid of the old guard, Simeone would be a great addition to the club!
18/01/2013 13:40:00
Soto'n has Sacked Scott Adkins and Appointed Mauricio Pocchetino? Are they now following the Chelsea trend? And Soto'n Fans are not taking it Lightly with the decision of the board to fire him, so as the players.
18/01/2013 13:41:00
This is gettin more ridiculous,rikjaard??why dont we go for nigel adkins since he has just been sacked by southamptom.zola?? we should go for mark hughes,he is also an old boy.*sighs*
18/01/2013 13:42:00
@ austrianblue, i think you'll find that Gianfranco's watford trashed Gus's Brighton 2-0 last time their teams played, so if Poyet is ready, then Zola is too...Personally i think its a bit too early for both legends, only Gus is less of a legend because he went and played for the clueless spuds after he left us...
18/01/2013 13:43:00
I doubt poyet would take the Chelsea job! RDM is his closest friend and the comments he made after his sacking showed he was in a foul mood with CFC. Klopp won't leave. Zola would get treated like RDM so the fans again would get arse! Laurup is a decent manager but would he do any better than RDM? If roman wants to get the fans back inside then Jose mourinho is the man to go get. Give him total control and see where it gets him.
18/01/2013 13:55:00
Rijkaard dosnt give youth players any chance, so Fork him. If not of Pep, Messi would have died under Frank Rijkaard, and so would Iniesta also. We need some 1 that favours Youth development like Adkins (Luke Shaw, Alex OxladeChamberlain jst a few to mention). Too bad Pep snubbed us, if not we would have had one of the best youth system in Europe. Let's be smart, for now I would prefer we go for a coach who isn't always in the transfer market for players but still comes up with good results and exciting style of play, coaches like Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp, Adkins, Gustavo Poyet, David Moyes, Arsene Wenger, manuel Pellegrini. No to Raijkaard and Zola is not proven in Europe. I'm sick of us Loaning out our Protege, we have lost many of them through senseless Loan moves.
18/01/2013 13:56:00
Frank Rijkaard!! please remember all the teams he has been to after barca were crap teams!! chelsea is more talented than all those teams put together...
18/01/2013 14:03:00
Not getting myself involved in this managerial debate. Nothing beats Rafa,so they can employ whoever pleases them.
18/01/2013 14:09:00
I know longer find speculating on the next Cfc manager an appealing exercise. Its more like addressing a matter on the surface without getting to the root of it. Unless a decision is reached to give any decent manager every necessary support,patience,job insurance,reasonable autonomy/control and clear policy and its objectives,the merry go round isnt ending any soon. Whether it is Klopp(whom i rate) or Jose (whom i dnt mind,though gradually not fancying) or Laudrup,what matters is the working condition and limited interference. Btw,how can a coach(N. Adkins) be sacked for just lack of inactivity in the transfer window? Gruesome i must say!
18/01/2013 14:46:00
Zola maybe inexperience, but with him at the helm, our promising young players will get more experience playing for ouf first team. For sure.
18/01/2013 14:57:00
@Ohans...Amazing and immature from the Saints board...then they employ Pochettino Pochettino: "I know about the #saintsfc squad because I've been researching them for several weeks'. Its obvious the Adkins sacking has been on the cards for weeks.
18/01/2013 15:00:00
"ROMAN ABRAMOVICH will take complete control of picking Chelsea¡¯s next boss after being swayed into hiring Rafa Benitez. The Blues owner regrets employing the ex-Liverpool boss as interim manager after being advised by technical director Michael Emenalo, who pushed hard for the Spaniard to be appointed. Billionaire Abramovich had misgivings about the suitability of Benitez, who is hugely unpopular with Blues fans from his time on charge of Liverpool, but he was won over by Emenalo. His plan was to appoint former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola in the summer. But Guardiola¡¯s snub this week in favour of joining German giants Bayern Munich has left Chelsea and Abramovich with egg on their face. The move for Benitez has backfired with inconsistent Chelsea¡¯s hit-and-miss form this season. A return for Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge is now looking more and more likely this summer, with Borussia Dortmund¡¯s highly-rated boss Jurgen Klopp seemingly his closest rival. Swansea¡¯s Michael Laudrup and Argentine Diego Simeone have also been touted as possible new managers, but they are not believed to be serious contenders". That's the Latest News on Ground from a reliable source.
18/01/2013 15:02:00
jose will take us down that im sure he will make fans happy for one season by winning something and then get ready for his drama antics all over again next season where he will have ego issue with roman....he is no way take us forward....not the right person for long term future....
18/01/2013 15:09:00
the adkins sacking is shocking really but nothing surprises me in football anymore...I wouldnt be surprised if even Pardew with his 8yr contract shannanigans gets the boot
18/01/2013 15:10:00
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