7 ideal candidates to replace Maurizio Sarri if he gets sack at Chelsea, including ex-Blues boss, club legends or raid on PL rivals

3) Mauricio Pochettino

Undoubtedly one of the finest managers in Europe, it’s surely time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave Tottenham for a bigger club.

That might seem harsh on Spurs, who have often been better or at least equal to Chelsea in recent seasons, despite their lack of silverware to show for it.

Pochettino has done a great job on a limited budget in north London, and could perhaps be tempted to have more money to play around with at a team like Chelsea.

The Daily Express recently claimed CFC were interested in the Argentine, who has of course also been linked with Manchester United.

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Mauricio Pochettino could be a superb choice for next Chelsea manager

4) Gianfranco Zola

Currently Sarri’s assistant at Chelsea, it perhaps seems likely that Gianfranco Zola could be in with a chance of the main job at Stamford Bridge pretty soon.

A legend at the club from his playing days, Zola has not exactly had the most successful management career to date, but this could be a different kind of opportunity for him.

Zidane shone in similar circumstances despite a lack of experience before he took the Real Madrid job, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also currently working wonders at Manchester United.

Sports Mediaset have already suggested Zola could be in the running to take over at least temporarily if Sarri is sacked, and it may be an experiment worth trying for Chelsea.

5) Frank Lampard

Another club legend who might be worth considering is Chelsea hero Frank Lampard, who has made a hugely promising start to his management career at Derby County.

This could perhaps be a real gamble for the Blues so early on in Lampard’s coaching journey, but there’s no doubting his high standing at Stamford Bridge and the respect he’d command if he got the job.

Again, Chelsea might look at how the similarly inexperienced Solskjaer is doing at Man Utd and think there’s a chance for someone like Lampard to replicate that.

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