Five points from Guus Hiddink’s first three matches as Chelsea manager have done little to inspire confidence that he’ll retain the position permanently. News regarding the coaching carousel have featured some of the best managers in Europe migrating to the Premier League, but the likelihood of Chelsea landing prized manager Pep Guardiola appears slim. As a result, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a top target.
Sky Bet has given Rodgers 7/2 odds to be named the next permanent Chelsea manager – significantly better than the 5/1 odds given to both Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and Guus Hiddink. The next best odds were given to Italy and former Juventus manager Antonio Conte at 11/2. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone got the fifth best odds at 6/1. Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez was given distant odds at 66/1.
Rodgers was fired by Liverpool in early October after the club found themselves in the bottom ten after the first few months. Last season the Reds made it to the FA Cup Semifinals but were upset in a shocking loss to Aston Villa. He finished his tenure at Anfield with a winning rate of 51.20%.
Chelsea fired manager Jose Mourinho in December after starting the season with 15 points in 16 matches and being eliminated from the League Cup tournament. As of writing, Chelsea are 14th on the table with 20 points in 19 matches.
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Arsenal have already booked a date for their Premier League title parade