Chelsea “admire” Liverpool and Real Madrid legend amid manager search

Leverkusen's Spanish head coach Xabi Alonso (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Leverkusen's Spanish head coach Xabi Alonso (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Reading all the back-papers this morning, they all centre around Chelsea and their hunt for a new manager. This is not a surprise really, given their billion pound backing and the fact that a couple of days before Graham Potter’s sacking, the only news-worthy stories involved a much smaller club in London also seeking a new manager.

Jokes aside, the search is getting serious now. It was revealed earlier that Frank Lampard would take charge of Chelsea as caretaker manager until the end of the season, with Todd Boehly a big fan of him. However, it would appear that Lampard isn’t the only Premier League legendary midfielder who Boehly admires.

According to the Guardian, there is an “admiration” for Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso. The Spanish midfielder who’s regarded as among the greatest of all time represented some huge clubs including Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Now he’s starting his managerial career with Bayer Leverkusen, who are in fine form at the moment having won 4 and drawn 1 of their previous 5 Bundesliga matches.

However, the report does state that at this stage in his career, it’s unlikely Chelsea will make the move for Xabi Alonso, despite the admiration. This isn’t a surprise as ageing at just 41 years old (but looking incredibly fine for a man of that age), Xabi must get some more experience under his belt before managing a club this size.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Chelsea had one concern about Julian Nagelsmann and that was his age and lack of experience. Therefore, there’s a key there’s a key theme here. That theme does get broken though when it comes to club legend Frank Lampard, who hasn’t had the best experience in management yet is considered above Nagelsmann and Xabi – weird one.

Who do you think will take over as the next Chelsea manager?