Chelsea’s search for a new boss is a hot topic in today’s newspapers. The Blues are on course for a top four finish and a place in the Champions League next season. They will look to replace interim manager Rafael Benitez in the summer.
The Guardian say that Roman Abramovic will look to Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini as the man to take his team forward. However the Daily Star say that it will be Jose Mourinho who takes over in the Chelsea hot seat.
Benitez guided his team to a 3-0 win away at rivals Fulham last night but he will never be able to win the Stamford Bridge fans over. They have never forgiven him for comments he made while he was Liverpool boss although he claims his words were misinterpreted.
Pellegrini has turned Malaga around
Former Real Madrid boss Pellegrini has been at Malaga since 2010. When he joined the club they had just escaped relegation. He has since turned them into a force in Spain and Europe.
They finished 4th in la Liga last season and reached the Quarter Finals of this year’s Champions League. They suffered an agonising exit conceding two goals in injury time against Borussia Dortmund, turning victory into defeat.
However, his achievements have certainly not gone unnoticed. The Guardian report that Chelsea officials have met with the 59-year-old’s advisors to discuss the Chelsea position.
Mourinho is leaving Madrid
The Daily Star report that former Chelsea boss Mourinho has told coaches at his son’s team, Canillas, that he will be leaving at the end of the season.
Canillas president Manuel Alvarez said: “Jose told us he won’t be able to give his usual technical talk to our coaching staff next season because he’s not going to be here.”
The Star also say that Mourinho has a photograph of a Chelsea open top bus tour. He reportedly said: “I’ll be on that bus next season.”