Is Joachim Low Going to Replace Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea?

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Is Joachim Low Going to Replace Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea?
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With Andre Villas-Boas now gone, the hunt for a new Chelsea manager has begun in earnest.

While his former assistant, Roberto di Matteo, has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the season, the Chelsea hierarchy are busy looking for a permanent, long-term replacement for Villas-Boas.

And with Jose Mourinho the supposed favourite for the position, a new candidate for the job has emerged today.

The Swiss newspaper, Tribune de Geneve, has reported that the coach of the German national team, Joachim Low, met this morning with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in a luxury hotel in Geneva.

If these reports are to be believed, the timing of the meeting suggests that Low is a serious candidate to replace Villas-Boas at Chelsea.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, Low's contract with the German national team does not expire until 2014, not 2012, as reported by the Tribune de Geneve.

If the club wanted to appoint him in time for the 2012-13 season, they would have to buy Low out of his contract—a potentially costly move, but one which Abramovich has been prepared to undertake before.

Low would be a somewhat surprising appointment to the position.

Despite leading Germany to the finals of the 2008 European Championships, and third place in the 2010 World Cup, Low has not managed at a club level since 2004. Prior to that, he only achieved mixed success during his time at clubs such as VFB Stuttgart and Fenerbahce, although he did win the Austrian league title with FC Tirol Innsbruck in 2002.

Appointing a manager primarily on the basis of their international achievements can be something of a gamble. One only has to look at Felipe Scolari's short, disastrous reign in charge at Chelsea to recognize that.

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