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Chelsea managerial shortlist is down to three or four names – who do you want?

It’s almost certain that whoever becomes the next manager at Stamford Bridge will become a very rich man in the process. Money is clearly no object where Chelsea are concerned and it’s probable that the new gaffer will get a lucrative three-year contract and a fat bonus, providing the team manages to win something. There are plenty of big names in the queue for this particular gravy train, with Didier Deschamps claiming he’s in the running for the hotseat.

The BBC report that the Frenchman, who played a season for Chelsea a few years ago, considers himself to be on the three or four-man shortlist drafted up by Buck, Kenyon and Abramovich. The former Monaco manager knows what it takes to guide a team to a Champions League final, albeit one that gets hammered in the final. Will the former Blues water-carrier be the chosen one?

He told Monaco-based radio station RMC: “Three or four managers are on the list and I am one of them. It would be hard to refuse Chelsea.

He added: “I want to return to coaching. I needed to rest, but I feel capable of achieving good things now.

“Breaking back into management is complicated because there are not always the opportunities, but the Chelsea position is now free. I am flattered to be considered a possible candidate for the role.

“They sacked their manager not because of the results they achieved, but because of their wish to play a more attacking, attractive style of football in the next few years.”

Despite Deschamps bigging himself up, the bookmakers still make Frank Rijkaard favourite to be the next Chelsea manager, despite the Dutchman insisting he was going to take a break from football (perhaps he just meant a few weeks playing golf). Just who is going to be the next coach and how long will they lost moreover?!

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