EPL Betting: Capello for Chelsea?
Despite the criticism that he received, the Italian has the best win rate of any ever England manager.
Fabio Capello has won nine titles in 16 club seasons, something Michael Lintorn thinks ChelseaFC might find of great interest in choosing their next manager...
Almost a fortnight has passed since Roberto Di Matteo guided Chelsea to one of the century's most improbable Champions League triumphs, yet according to his assistant Eddie Newton, neither of them have heard anything from Roman Abramovich since.
It should be a no brainer. If a manager is in charge of a crisis-ridden club for less than three months, wins both of the competitions that they were in contention for and in doing so secures Champions League football for the following season, he has surely earned permanent employment.
The fact Chelsea have already taken two weeks to mull things over indicates that Abramovich doesn't view the decision as a formality. Instead, it suggests that he is searching around for a more experienced boss, with Di Matteo - an unconvincing (3.72) favourite - the fallback option if he finds nobody suitable.
Any expectation that the Swi-talian would forever retain the owner's gratitude for delivering the trophy that he spent nine years chasing have been proven inaccurate, Abramovich apparently dissatisfied with the defensive style with which victory was achieved.
It is no surprise therefore that Pep Guardiola, the tactician who claimed the Champions League twice in such captivating fashion that his Barcelona side were celebrated as perhaps the best ever, is his preferred boss.
Odds of (5.74) though reflect the perception that as a coach lauded as a man of great principle, Guardiola is unlikely to ditch his plan to sit a season out before returning to the dugout.
Harry Redknapp separates the current incumbent and the Russian's favourite at (4.73), but as Chelsea tend to hire managers whose CVs are laced with silverware, it would be odd to recruit Redknapp to replace Di Matteo, who has won more major silverware in a month than the former has in a 29-year career.
Far more believable a candidate is Fabio Capello at a tempting (10.09). He has been a champion with every club he has coached (AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus) and may be comfortable with sticking around for just a year or two until Guardiola is available given his plans to retire in 2014.
Despite the criticism that he received, the Italian has the best win rate of any ever England manager (besides Roy Hodgson!). Besides, Abramovich won't fear appointing someone whose last job ended underwhelmingly, as that was the case with Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti.