Is Chelsea manager’s job a done deal?

That’s what the Daily Mail are claiming in an exclusive today. Despite continuing speculation surrounding the position that’s been vacant since Avram Grant (remember him?) was cruelly axed by Chelsea, it appears as though the club have landed their man and the suggestion is that it’s none other than Phil Scolari.

Chelsea FC have agreed a deal with a new manager and last night it was looking increasingly like Luiz Felipe Scolari. Details of the contract were finalised last week in one of the best-kept secrets in football history.

Scolari has long been the favourite to succeed Avram Grant and the fact that an announcement has not yet been made points to the Portugal manager. He said as much last Friday in his press conference in Neuchatel, even though he refused to rule out a move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the tournament.

The FA know from bitter experience that Scolari is not someone who likes to commit his future in public to another employer while under contract. That would be reason enough for Chelsea to keep developments under wraps and would explain why the club appear so relaxed. Chief executive Peter Kenyon is understood to be on holiday in Italy and has let it be known the club are happy with their progress in recruiting a new boss.

Are the Mail putting two and two together to come up with five? It appears that Chelsea are in a similar boat to Manchester United in the sense that they have to wait until Portugal’s involvement in Euro 2008 is over. For the champions, urging Cristiano Ronaldo to stay will be the objective, while for the latter, it’s the player’s national coach.

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