Chelsea have been searching for a new head coach since sacking Graham Potter earlier this month; Frank Lampard was appointed interim manager until the end of the season; former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is available after leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
He offers a journey to buy into, a subscription to the collective good. "I look in people's eyes and it becomes easy to connect," he told this writer. "I believe people can perceive what you are about and that first impressions are big - you need to be strong and honest and people will relate to that. Players need to feel how you work and trust in you."