Sir Jim Ratcliffe has claimed that he is a big fan of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.
The 65-year-old, who is Britain’s richest man, has been linked with a takeover bid of the Blues following doubts about Roman Abramovich’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Given the Russian has had visa issues since the summer, it was reported back in June that Ratcliffe was plotting a £2billion takeover in west London.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph in which he discussed potentially expanding his football portfolio, the owner of Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport spoke about his favourite managers.
If indeed Ratcliffe does end up purchasing the FA Cup holders down the line, it may well be Simeone, who has been linked with the Chelsea job in the past, who takes over in the hotseat at the club.
“I am a season ticket holder at Chelsea,” he said. “Have been for years, although I’m a Manchester United fan really. Or was….
“It’s not getting any better [at United]. It’s gone from bad to catastrophic. Talk about a glass-half-empty.
“If you’ve got the six teams competing at the top of the table – this is last season anyway – you’ve got three who are managed by glass-half-full guys, [Jurgen] Klopp, [Pep] Guardiola and [Mauricio] Pochettino. They get their teams up and energised.
“And then you look at Mourinho. He’s so down. He destroyed Luke Shaw last season.
“And then you’ve got [Arsene] Wenger who [was] miserable and [Antonio] Conte who was down.
“The guy I like is [Diego] Simeone. I love him.”