South American coach is being seriously considered by Abramovich as Mourinho’s long-term Chelsea successor

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According to reports, former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is being seriously considered by Chelsea as Jose Mourinho’s long-term successor.

The Portuguese coach was dismissed in December after leading last year’s Premier League champions to a miserable start to the season. Indeed, so dismal was the first portion of the Pensioners’ campaign that interim coach Guus Hiddink’s undefeated streak has not been enough to take the west Londoners back into the top half of the table.

The Blues have been linked to the likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Diego Simeone, Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri as they seek a long-term replacement for Mourinho.

According to the Telegraph, however, Sampaoli—who is a free agent after leaving his post as Chile coach—has emerged as a front runner for the job.

While the South American boss could communicate with the squad’s considerable Spanish contingent, it remains to be seen whether his intense, high-pressing style would be a good fit for the Blues’ current squad.

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