Owing to a friendship with Brondby owner Jan Bech Andersen, Chelsea captain John Terry bizarrely finds himself in the running to take over as manager of the Danish outfit.
The soon-to-be-contract-less Stamford Bridge stalwart leaves west London this summer and, after declaring he wouldn’t join a Premier League rival, speculators have been tipping Terry for a lucrative move to either the USA or Asia.
This left-field and, frankly, strange revelation, however, could yet see the 35-year-old remain in Europe.
Renowned for his leadership qualities and the passion with which he plays, Terry is, of course, destined to be a great manager. Stuart Pearce, Gary Neville, Paolo Di Canio and the many, many other former players who got a free pass into the gaffer game on account of their on-pitch personas verify as much.
Sarcasm aside, even if the ex-England skipper has demonstrated an acute level of tactical awareness and some innovative training procedures over a beer with his good buddy Andersen, the wealthy Dane need only look at the history of Chelsea players who have moved into the hot seat to know he’d be reckless to give JT the reigns.
The correlation between how concrete legendary status in the Shed End links to a tendency to be sacked is striking.
Take Gianfrano Zola, for instance.
Currently attempting to earn his coaching crust in Qatar, the diminutive Italian spent a total of 90 games of toil managing West Ham United and Cagliari in the Premier League and Serie A respectively. A decent stint with Watford saw him reach the Championship play-off final, but a downturn in form saw him axed 15 games into the following campaign.
Gianluca Vialli stepped into the shoes of Ruud Gullit (another former Chelsea player, turned sack magnet) at Chelsea midway through the 1998/99 edition and, akin to a compatriot we’ll discuss imminently, won a domestic and European trophy.
His first full season in charge saw the club finish a lukewarm fifth and he didn’t see much of 2000/01 either. A combination of squad disharmony and league struggles (sound familiar?) led to Vialli’s contract being terminated.
An underwhelming 2001/02 at Watford was his last in management.
Roberto Di Matteo may have won a Champions League and an FA Cup at Chelsea, but he has been sacked by every team he has managed aside from MK Dons and, while the Italian may have won the most prestigious prize in the club’s history, there isn’t a single sane fan who’d have him back when Guus Hiddink leaves this summer.