Hoddle back Carlo with Blues
Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle believes the Blues would risk
taking a backwards step by dismissing manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian has overseen what is set to be Chelsea’s worst
season since Roman Abramovich bought the club.
While the London side will finish the Premier League campaign in
second place, it is possible that not even last year’s league and
FA Cup double will be enough to prevent Ancelotti’s exit.
Former England manager Hoddle has warned that such a move may be
damaging to Chelsea in the long term and urged owner Abramovich to
keep faith with Ancelotti.
“I think Chelsea have probably changed their management team too
much in the last five, six, seven years,” Hoddle said, speaking at
a Football 40 event at Planet Hollywood, London.
“I think if they do it again there is a chance they will be
stepping backwards rather than going forwards.
“He proved last year that he can be successful for Chelsea so I
think he certainly needs one more year to prove that again.”
Despite the fact Ancelotti remains at the helm, several
bookmakers are already accepting bets on the next man to step into
the breach at Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink have been
linked with the post, while Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and
Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola also have short odds.
However, it is Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas who is favourite for
the still-occupied Chelsea job after a season of unrivalled success
On Wednesday night, the 33-year-old’s team added the Europa
League to the Portuguese league and Super Cup crowns they had
Such success has seen Villas-Boas linked with a host of top
positions across Europe.
He has worked before at Chelsea, having a spell working
Hoddle was the England team’s youngest manager when he was
appointed in 1996 at the age of 38.
And he does not believe age would prevent somebody with the
talent of Villas-Boas succeeding at the top level.
“Sometimes being young you have a refreshing outlook, which you
can bring to this side,” added Hoddle, who is acting as technical
director for Football 40.
“Too many people sometimes look at grey hair as a sign of
experience. Well, you might be experienced at doing the wrong
things and have grey hair.
“It doesn’t mean it is the right experience, does it?
“Even a younger person can have better experience than some of
the older guys.
“I think you have to learn quickly, learn from the many mistakes
that you make.
“But do you know what? Even the most experienced managers make
mistakes and all they are doing are repeating them.”
Hoddle added: “Talent is talent. Whether it is a talented player
or it is a talented manager or coach.
“Talent is talent and you have to fast-track it sometimes and
someone has to take that step.
“If they see someone and that is how they want their club to be
run or if they see something in a young player is more mature then
they are going to take that chance with them.
“And long may that continue in football.”