According to the French football news, unsurprisingly Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is making a rather interesting contingency plans for a possible life after Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea wants to hire £7.1 million Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim if Jose Mourinho is sacked, according to a top French journalist.
Jardim is very talented and probably should be rated a little higher on a European level than he is currently. The manager has dealt with a tough period at AS Monaco and there have previously been reports that he was unhappy with the club’s summer transfer activity.
AS Monaco would surely want as much compensation as possible and, if there’s no clause in Jardim’s contract, it would be no surprise if they tried to push things higher than the €10m figure mentioned.
There was nothing alarmist on the Mourinho front and no claims of the Portuguese manager facing the chop imminently, but simply an explanation that if there was a parting of the ways then Chelsea already had someone in mind to replace Mourinho.
AS Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim was the man named and the idea is that, should Mourinho pack his bags and exit Stamford Bridge, Abramovich would offer the French principality club £10m for their manager.
Chelsea reportedly rejected a £35million approach from Monaco for boss Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese is under pressure after his side’s dismal start to the season, with Chelsea losing seven matches already this season.
Mourinho has vowed not to walk away from the club, but he is said to have two games to save his job. Shareholder Alessandro Proto revealed last week that Monaco is interested in Mourinho and has since confirmed his desire to land him.
Mourinho’s future at Chelsea is increasingly uncertain, with daily reports suggesting he’s likely to lose his job unless the Blues dramatically turn their season around.
A host of major names have been linked with replacing him, including Diego Simeone, Fabio Capello and Gus Hiddink, but France Football reporter Nicolas Vilas says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will go for Monaco manager Jardim if Mourinho goes.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mourinho stated his intention to remain in west London until the end of his deal.
“I have four years. In this case, three years and seven months.
“Yes, I know why the results have been different but I can’t tell you because I’ll be here a long time. It’s a combination of factors. Some of them I can’t, I don’t even want to touch them, but yes I know.”
All eyes will once again be on the Mourinho when the Blues take on Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Thursday 1:15 AM(IST).