Chelsea: Why the Blues Should Jump If Pep Guardiola Wants to Coach the Club

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Josep Guardiola, coach of Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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He is the one man that every fan of every club in the world wants to manage their club.

That man is former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who stepped away from Barcelona at the end of last season.

Guardiola has been mentioned to be joining almost every major club in Europe since his departure from the Camp Nou in May.

There are no signs that the 41-year-old would make a jump back into managing at the moment, but if he were to get back into the game at Chelsea, the Blues should not hesitate to bring in the former Spanish international.

Interest from Guardiola in Chelsea would spark the rumors around Stamford Bridge in an instant.

There are signs from the past that would make Chelsea interested in Guardiola even if current manager Roberto di Matteo is doing well at the club, which he has since taking over for Andre Villas-Boas last season.

Owner Roman Abramovich is no stranger to getting rid of managers, with di Matteo being the eighth manager to take charge of the Blues since the takeover by the Russian billionaire in 2003. Abramovich would have no problem in letting go of di Matteo in favor of Guardiola, especially since Pep knows how to win the one competition the Chelsea owner values the most, the UEFA Champions League.

In his four seasons at Barcelona, Guardiola won two Champions League titles to go along with his three La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles. Although his current manager also won the Champions League last season, Abramovich may be quick to point out Chelsea's failure to dominate in group play this season as a weakness and may have doubts about di Matteo's chances of repeating as champions this season.

Guardiola's success in the Champions League goes further than the two titles he won as each of the four seasons he managed Barcelona in the competition they made it to the semifinals.

Another factor in Abramovich's decision to bring Guardiola would be his ability to develop Chelsea into a squad that will dominate for the next decade.

Guardiola came up through the Barcelona youth system as both a player and manager and knows what it takes to develop young players into first-team superstars. He did this with players like Pedro and Thiago Alcantara during his time at the Camp Nou.

If one of his top players in the squad went out injured, the Spaniard would not have to worry about spending money and going after top transfer targets because he had a strong youth system.

Based on their current transfer strategy, that is exactly what Chelsea are trying to do under di Matteo at the moment.

The only players left on the Chelsea roster over the age of 30 that have a consistent starting spot are Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.

Those players will eventually be phased out of Stamford Bridge but they need a manager who cannot only identify young talent to sign but has the ability to develop those players as well and make them superstars.

Developing a roster of young players that can play together for years to come will not only bring a single Premier League or Champions League title, it will bring about a dynasty that wins those titles every season.

The perfect man to take on that task is Guardiola, who has a proven track record of doing just that at Barcelona.

Although the current man in charge is doing a good job at Stamford Bridge, if Guardiola were to come calling for the Chelsea job, there is no doubt that Abramovich would highly consider it and most likely bring the Spaniard in before any of Chelsea's rival clubs in England scoop up the hottest commodity on the managerial market.