Deschamps or Hughes
Chelsea’s need for a replacement for Jose Mourinho seems to be taking a detour with almost every top manager being linked with a move to the London club. While Pep Guardiola seems to be the choice for almost every club in the world, he might be keen to move to Manchester City and that would leave the door open for quite a few to try out their hand at Chelsea.
Roman Abramovich would be looking to bring in someone who can do a good job at Chelsea and also plan for the future as Guus Hiddink is only an interim manager and there is need to bring in someone who can control the egos in the team, something which Jose Mourinho couldn’t do all that well during his second tenure.
Recent rumours have linked a couple of managers to this vacant spot and they might not be the ones that you would expect. While Didier Deschamps has come out of the blue and is being linked heavily with the Chelsea job, Mark Hughes has also come into the running and both managers have their own pros and cons.
An English thorough bred or a World Cup winner?
Didier Deschamps certainly has the experience of playing for the big clubs and also managing them. While everyone remembers him lifting the 1998 World Cup with France, his management career hasn’t been the worst either as he did well with Juventus and Marseille before taking the big job with the French national side.
Deschamps has had to deal with one of the most talented yet toughest group of international footballs in the world. It seems that every time the French team are ready to achieve something, a major scandal breaks out, the Karim Benzema – Mathieu Valbuena one comes to mind at the moment, yet he always seems to get the best out of them every time the players put on the shirt of Les Blues.
Mark Hughes on the other hand, did have a crack at a top team with Manchester City a few years ago but that didn’t go all that well and then had a relatively successful time with Fulham before taking over at QPR and Stoke City, where he has done a marvellous job.
The Welsh manager certainly has made Stoke City become one of the most attractive sides in the league and has brought in a lot of quality players who have seen a rejuvenation of their careers. Shaqiri, Bojan, Muniesa and Arnautovic come to mind and Hughes certainly deserves a shot once again at one of the bigger teams in the league.
While Deschamps would be a big name to manage Chelsea, he doesn’t really have a lot of experience in dealing with a club which has a lot of expectations and are looking to rebuild. Chelsea could probably do better than Hughes but the Welshman has done exceptionally well with Stoke and certainly deserves a crack at another top club sooner rather than later.