Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky is a “potential candidate” to become Chelsea’s technical director, according to The Guardian.
The Premier League giants are looking for a replacement for Michael Emenalo, who quit his role as technical director last week. Didier Drogba, along with Hull boss Leonid Slutsky, is also being linked with the job.
There is not much surprise that Slutsky is being linked. He is a close friend of Roman Abramovich. When Slutsky moved to England from Russia last year, he learnt English in London and lived in the hotel at Stamford Bridge. He was also seen at many Chelsea matches alongside his fellow Russian, Abramovich.
Slutsky made his name as manager of CSKA Moscow and the Russian national team. He was appointed manager of Hull City in the summer. However, he has struggled so far in Hull and has only won 4 games in 16 matches and the Tigers find themselves 20th in the Championship. He has even admitted he would not be surprised if he was given the sack.
Slutsky has used his Chelsea connections with Hull by loaning the likes of Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori all from the London club. Although his long-term future at Hull City is uncertain, it is believed that he is currently fully focused on the Tigers. But would his head by turned if Abramovich and Chelsea come calling?
Some Hull fans have been unhappy with Slutsky so far and feel this move would suit both parties. It will be interesting to see what happens.