Three candidates to become the next director of football

Chelsea have not appointed a new director of football since the departure of the maligned Michael Emenalo last year.

Given that the Chelsea hierarchy have made some questionable decisions, particularly regarding transfers, the presence of a genuine football expert on the board is essential. Here are three of the most likely candidates.

1. Michael Ballack

Ballack is a former Chelsea player who lives in London and still regularly discusses his love for the club. He is a hugely respected figure. His presence alone would attract potential players to the club and he would have clear ideas of the direction in which the club should go.

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2. Luis Campos

Campos made his name as the director of football at Monaco. The 54-year-old Portuguese developed his own unique software which enabled him to identify young talent who were likely to become highly effective players. Under his guidance, Monaco signed now famous players such as Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy and many others.

His software seems less effective at Lille, whose signings have flopped. However, Campos’ attention on youth players would be welcomed at Chelsea.

3. Guus Hiddink

Some may groan, particularly after Hiddink’s ineffective second spell as manager during the disastrous 2015/16 campaign. However, Hiddink is a very close friend of Roman Abramovich. The owner clearly trusts him. The Dutchman has seen it all in football and would be a steady influence on the Chelsea board.

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