It is the question that everyone in the world of football wants the answer to : who will be the next Chelsea manager ?
It is a position that comes with several dangers : immense scrutiny, an interfering owner and next to no stability whatsoever. And yet it remains one of the most highly coveted roles in world football.
As a club with wonderful players and what seems to be unlimited funds, the advantages are numerous.
At this moment in time, Rafael Benitez is at the helm. The man that no Chelsea fan wants at their club. Fortunately for them, it has already been established by himself and the club that he will not be at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season. With that in mind, it is time to consider the possible replacements.
There is one man who leads the way, not only in the hearts of the Chelsea faithful but also in the minds of the bookmakers. Jose Mourinho has already had one spell with the Blues, which was fruitful to say the least. As the manager who brought the Premier League title to South West London for the first time in 50 years, he was and still is idolised.
His position at Real Madrid looks increasingly disputed and he has made no effort to hide the fact that he has a desire to return to England, even stating that his next job will be in the country. Whether he chooses Chelsea or another club such as Manchester City will leave us guessing.
Rather surprisingly, Everton manager David Moyes has been linked heavily with the position in recent times. He has done a sterling job with the Toffees, it must be said. He has worked on a limited budget throughout his 10 year stay and yet he has managed to establish them as a top 7 club. But the Chelsea job is a whole different kettle of fish.
Many will wonder whether he has the nerve to step up to one of the most difficult jobs in the game. We mustn't forget also that he is also one of the prime contenders for the hot seat at Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson finally retires. Only time will tell....
There are many others in the frame other than these two of course. Former players Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet especially have said that they would jump at the chance of the position in question.
Another interesting contender is Jurgen Klopp. He has worked wonders at Dortmund, but he, much like Mourinho, has talked about his future away from Germany. He could be the kind of man that Chelsea need.
You get the feeling however, that the big boss Roman Abramovich will only be happy with a blockbuster name. Whoever the lucky (or unlucky) man is, they must keep the Russian oligarch happy. That is a lot easier said than done.
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