Chelsea considered a move for Ange Postecoglou before eventually agreeing terms with Mauricio Pochettino.
It was the Guardian who claimed that those at Stamford Bridge had shortlisted the 57-year-old after being left impressed by his excellent work at Celtic.
What’s the story?
Well, the Australian has now been named Scottish Premiership Manager of the Season after guiding Celtic to a second successive league title.
Postecoglou has steered the Bhoys to 31 wins from 36 Scottish Premiership outings so far this term with two games remaining, earning 96 points along the way.
The Greece-born tactician has also won the Scottish League Cup this season, and can bring the treble back to Parkhead if he beats Inverness in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday 3rd June.
It has been a phenomenal campaign for Postecoglou and Celtic – you can certainly see why Chelsea shortlisted him before eventually deciding to hire Pochettino.
Chelsea must keep tabs on Postecoglou
While the Blues will hopefully enjoy an extended period of success under Pochettino, we all know anything can happen in the world of football management – a sacking can come out of nowhere.
For example, Chelsea have already had three different managers in just the current campaign alone.
Therefore, we believe those at Stamford Bridge must continue to monitor Postecoglou, just in case they find themselves needing to make another managerial change in the near future.
Postecoglou has proven himself as a serial winner in Glasgow, while he has also shown he can bring his attractive style of play onto the European scene.
For example – despite suffering two defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League Group Stage this season – Celtic were widely praised for their performances, with Spanish news outlet El Pais writing that Postecoglou “terrified” Carlo Ancelotti.
If things turn sour with Pochettino, the Celtic boss has all the makings of a successful Chelsea manager.