Next Chelsea Manager Betting: Laurent Blanc odds-on to succeed Conte
The former-France and PSG boss has been backed in to odds-on favourite to succeed Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge after reportedly holding talks with the club. Max Liu has the latest...
Laurent Blanc is 4/5 favourite to be the next Chelsea manager after reports that he has already held talks with the Chelsea board.
The Frenchman, who won the World Cup as a player, has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint German two years ago. Prior to that he had a disappointing stint as French national team boss after an impressive spell as manager of Bordeaux.
Blanc overtakes Enrique and Sarri in the betting
Both Maurizio Sarri - who is still employed by Napoli despite them appointing Carlo Ancelotti - and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, had been thought to be leading candidates for the job. But Blanc has leapfrogged them in betting and is now thought to be days away from being announced as the new Chelsea manager.
Blanc is, according to reports, looking for a number two to join him at Chelsea, which is one reason why the club are yet to announce the appointment. Another theory, however, is that Roman Abramovich is still trying to persuade Sarri to come to west London. Which might mean Sarri is worth a bet at 5/2.
Of course another factor is that Antonio Conte has not resigned so Chelsea will need to agree a pay-off with him. Conte won the Premier League title in his first season at Chelsea and lifted the FA Cup last month. He can leave the Bridge with his head held high and there will be no shortage of offers for his services in the future - he's currently 9/1 to take the Real Madrid job.
Can Blanc restore Chelsea to the Premier League summit?
Chelsea are 11/1 to win the Premier League next season but those long odds won't mean Abramovich's expectations for his club are any lower.
Blanc knows English football from his two seasons as a player at Manchester United. Things have changed, since 2003, when Blanc left United, but the Frenchman has remained a keen student of the Premier League and, as an ambitious manager, he has always wanted to manage here.
At PSG, Blanc won three Ligue 1 titles. Cynics will say that's easy, with PSG's riches, although remember it's only a year since Monaco won the French title. Blanc managed Bordeaux to an unexpected Ligue 1 title in 2009, but it is widely believed that he should have done better as French national team manager. Blanc resigned after his side were knocked out of Euro 2012 by Spain.
As a player, Blanc was a legend. As a manager, if he gets the Chelsea job he will be coming to the Premier League with plenty to prove. It will fascinating to see how he fares at a club that tends to demand instant success from its managers.