The Chelsea owners are eager to hire their new manager in the coming week, but share deep concerns about top target Julian Nagelsmann.
The Blues are in the hunt for their third boss of the season after Graham Potter was sacked on Sunday night, less than seven months after replacing Thomas Tuchel.
Nagelsmann – who was sacked by Bayern Munich and replaced by Tuchel two weeks ago – emerged as the front-runner to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, with co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali being big fans of the German.
Having hired Potter quickly after Tuchel’s firing, Boehly wanted to take his time finding his new manager and planned to interview at least five managers, including Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique.
However, the Times now reports that Chelsea are keen to get their new head coach through the door before they travel to Real Madrid next Wednesday to maximize their chances of winning the Champions League.
The club are 11th in the Premier League, 12 points behind the top four, with any sort of European qualification looking increasingly unlikely – unless they win the Champions League, of course.
But the report also says that while that is the ideal scenario for the board, they are also happy with interim boss Bruno Saltor, who is leading the trip to Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Sky Sports also reports that while Nagelsmann is much admired in West London, there are concerns about his age as the German is only 35.
One of the main reasons for Potter’s firing was that players disrespected him and feared history would repeat itself.
It must be said, however, that Potter’s inexperience lay in managing at elite level and winning big trophies, and Nagelsmann found success from a young age at Bayern and RB Leipzig, with the former winning the Bundesliga last season.
Bruno is currently in the dugout with Chelsea, who host Liverpool on Tuesday night.
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