SkyBet have opened up a fascinating next Chelsea manager market after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
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The Portuguese was axed by Stamford Bridge bosses this afternoon after overseeing their worst start to a season in 37 years which has left them 16th in the Premier League and only one point above trouble.
A three-time title winner with the Blues – most recently only seven months ago – the Special One will be very difficult to replace. Imagine if one of these five was given the responsibility of doing so!
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Brendan Rodgers – 12/1
Liverpool fans in particular would love to see this. Rodgers certainly divided opinion during his time at Anfield and, by the end of it, was ridiculed for his shocking signings and ridiculous soundbites. If Joe Allen is one of the “most courageous players” he’s ever seen, then what is John Obi Mikel?
The only thing in his favour – he knows Stamford Bridge well having served as back-room staff to Mourinho during his first spell in charge. Amazingly, he’s actually thought to be in the running.
Harry Redknapp – 80/1
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers boss is a long shot and understandably so. Although Harry would love the pay day, we’re not sure how well he’d work with Roman Abramovich.
Redknapp would equal Mourinho’s press-conference presence and bring some exciting football to Stamford Bridge, but he’d probably want to sign Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch first.
David Moyes – 100/1
In many ways, Chelsea’s abysmal defence of their title this season is making the job done by Moyes at Manchester United look half as bad, when they finished seventh the year after winning the league.
The Scotsman is out of work again after being sacked by Real Sociedad. But hey, he knows the Premier League and it would be nothing if not entertaining to see him get another crack at a top club.
Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky – 100/1
For those of you, like me, who have never heard of Slutsky – he is the new Russia manager. Chelsea successfully had a boss who also held that role when Guus Hiddink took temporary charge in 2009.
But Slutsky is no Guus Hiddink, and he already splits his duties between Russia and CSKA Moscow, who he has managed since 2009. He must have friends in high places to even have a price in this market.
John Terry – 50/1
There’s a few Chelsea fans out there who are thinking this might not be such a bad idea. Terry is a club legend, arguably the best player in Blues history and is coming to the end of his career.
Giving him the job on an interim basis would probably unite the dressing room and supporters, but he has zero managerial experience and that could expose Chelsea to a genuine relegation battle.
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