Could Laurent Blanc return to management with Chelsea or Everton?

by Jack Kitson / 12 April 2018, 11:20

As is custom in the Premier League there’s inevitably going to be another frenzied summer of change in the dugout as a number of clubs prepare to embark on a new managerial chapter.

Two top-flight teams who fit into this category are Chelsea and Everton.

Speculation continues to whirl around the future of Blues boss Antonio Conte, who seems almost certain to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Earlier in the week the rumour mill went into overdrive following claims that Conte had been sacked. However, as is so often the case these allegations proved to be false. For the time being at least.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, Juventus manager Max Allegri, and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri have frequently been linked with a summer switch to West London, but the latest hearsay from France Football reports that Chelsea have Laurent Blanc on their managerial radar.

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The Frenchman has been out-of-work since the summer of 2016 when he was sacked by PSG after three years at the helm, during which he lifted three French titles, plus eight other domestic honours, with the 52-year-old reportedly receiving a £17million pay-off following his departure.

There are more high-profile, tactically astute, and innovative managers in the mix for the Chelsea job, but should Chelsea miss out on their main managerial targets Blanc could well be a viable option, although the fact he’s been out of action for two years may well concern owner Roman Abramovich.

Blanc, who is a whopping 50/1 shot to become the latest gaffer to take his place on the Chelsea hotseat, has also been linked with Everton (25/1).

Everton's current incumbent, Sam Allardyce, could well have his 18-month contract cut short at Goodison Park in the summer with many fans frustrated with the club’s style of play and their disappointing form in 2018 which has returned four wins from 13 matches.

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Everton are determined to make the step up and challenge the top-6, and on current evidence Big Sam is not the right man for the job.

Blanc, who played in the Premier League for Man Utd, enjoyed immense success with PSG and Bordeaux, but while it didn’t quite work out for him at the helm of the France national team, the prospect of embarking on a fresh challenge with Everton could well stoke his interest.

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