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article imageOp-Ed: UK Soccer: Marco Van Basten to Chelsea FC?

By Vlad Bourceanu     Mar 31, 2010 in Sports
London - Is Marco van Basten about to join Chelsea FC as manager in the summer? This is the hypothesis that the well-known soccer website poses to football fans today.
Quoting "unconfirmed reports" emanating "from Holland", claims that it is none other than Frank Arnesen, the current Chelsea FC Sporting Director, who would like the Dutchman to take charge of the Chelsea FC first team come the end of the season, to replace current incumbent Carlo Ancelotti. He who left Italian club AC Milan to become Chelsea manager only last summer.
Ancelotti is said to be under a certain amount of pressure at Chelsea FC to keep his job, particularly after the 3-1 aggregate defeat to Internazionale Football Club in the last sixteenths of the UEFA Champions' League, which cannot have pleased club owner Roman Abramovich too much, particularly as the exit came at the hands of ex-Chelsea manager (and current Inter manager) Jose Mourinho, the self-styled "Special One".
Nevertheless, Ancelotti is perceived by many as being Roman Abramovich's personal choice as Chelsea manager, and it is anyone's guess as to how the so far predominantly silent, as far as media appearances go, billionaire will react, in view of the club's aforementioned premature exit from the Champions' League.
Since Mourinho left by mutual consent, the club have employed no less than four managers in three seasons. Thus, managerial stability are words often bandied about Stamford Bridge these days. Nevertheless, should Ancelotti fail to live up to the billing of what must surely be one of the most demanding jobs in club football/soccer these days, a fifth managerial presence come July is not inconceivable.
Arnesen, however, has been employed since September 2005 at Chelsea, his main remit having been to oversee the youth production system at the club, before having been appointed Sporting Director. The emergences of young prospects such as Gael Kakuta, a young midfielder signed from Lens in France, seem to vindicate the decision to appoint him.
If Abramovich decides to follow the suggestion that alleges that Arnesen is making as regards Van Basten, it would no doubt be testimony as to Arnesen's growing influence at the club.
Van Basten was, as a player, part of the famous AC Milan team that won the European Cup in 1989, forming a lethal duo with Ruud Gullit (who has also since tried his hand at football management). As a manager, however, Van Basten has been out of football for a year, having resigned from the manager's job at Ajax Amsterdam Football Club in 2009. Nevertheless, he is highly regarded within football - it was only last year that he was strongly linked to the AC Milan manager's job, before the club eventually opted to appoint Brazilian manager Leonardo instead.
Van Basten has the profile required for such a top job as the Chelsea FC manager one is, that is not in question. Chelsea also desperately needs a strong managerial presence on the bench to steer them to trophies, such as the Premiership title, that have eluded them in the past couple of seasons.
What is certain is that it will be Roman Abramovich, the owner of the football club, who will make the ultimate decision as to the identity of the Chelsea manager next season. Will he go with Arnesen's alleged suggestion, forsaking Ancelotti, who is perhaps yet to ignite the supporters' imagination in the same way that Mourinho, or even previous interim manager Guus Hiddink, have done? It is a matter of "wait and see", at least until the end of the season.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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