Former Benfica manager, Jorge Jesus has reportedly rejected an offer from Chelsea to be their next head coach.
The latest reports claim that Maurizio Sarri is close to exiting the Stamford Bridge after only one season in the Premier League. He won the Blues the Europa League and also finished in the top four, guaranteeing them Champions League football for the upcoming campaign.
The Italian’s philosophy and way of operation has not gelled with the atmosphere at Chelsea. Clearly, both fans and the hierarchy have not been won over by Sarri’s methods or his coaching style. So when the 60-year-old manager expressed a desire to move back home, the South West London club happily agreed to let him leave.
However, their search for a replacement has not been successful so far. Jesus, the former manager of both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon has turned out Roman Abramovic’s offer to manage the Blues as he wanted “a bigger challenge”, as per South American journalist, Thiago Asmar.
The 64-year-old instead chose to sign with Flamengo last month after the Brazilian outfit bid farewell to Abel Braga. Chelsea now have been forced to look back into their shortlist of available candidates.
Frank Lampard has been heavily tipped to return to the Bridge after his exploits with Derby County. Watford boss, Javi Gracia has drawn strong links as well.