Next Chelsea manager: Juande Ramos rumoured to replace Mourinho?
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | December 16, 2015
A leading national newspaper believes former Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos is being lined up as a caretaker replacement for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
While tabloid talk of an emergency Blues board meeting to discuss the future of ‘the Special One’ appears wide of the mark, Portuguese boss Mourinho is once again under pressure, despite steering the Stamford Bridge side to top spot in their Champions League group.
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Chelsea, who are still just 9/4 with Coral to record a top six Premier League finish this term, have precedents to draw from, having previously sacked a manager mid-season three times during Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s time as club owner.
This first happened in 2008/09 when Luiz Felipe Scolari was dumped and Guus Hiddink guided the Blues to an FA Cup triumph during a temporary stint in charge.
Mourinho protege Andre Villas-Boas was also axed midway through 2011/12, with assistant Roberto Di Matteo taking Chelsea to Champions League glory. Di Matteo was in turn replaced Rafa Benitez, who brought the Europa League to west London in 2013.
London calling Ramos again?
Spanish coach Ramos is a free agent, having left 2015 Europa League finalists Dnipro in the summer of 2014 after three-and-a-half years at the helm, citing family reasons for leaving the Ukrainian club.
An initially promising spell in charge of Spurs (October 2007-08) saw him steer them to the 2008 League Cup, but he was sacked with the White Hart Lane outfit propping up the Premier League.
While at Sevilla, Ramos won back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007 – a feat with current Bathtubs boss Unai Emery emulated in the rebranded Europa League competition. Following a hit-and-miss stint at Tottenham and before his time at Dnipro, he had short spells with Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow.
Leonid Slutsky, Ramos’ successor in Moscow, has also been linked with succeeding Mourinho as next Chelsea manager, but is also presently in charge of the Russian national team. There are also a number of other options open to the Blues board if they want to change coach.
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