With Pep Guardiola out of the picture, where can Chelsea look for their next manager? Let’s evaluate the possible candidates for the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.

Rafa Benitez

Even though Rafa has said he will leave Chelsea he is still current manager even with the title of interim, making him a possibility.

He is an experienced Premier League and European campaigner who reached two Champions League finals with Liverpool, but yet to win over Chelsea fans who regularly express their feelings.

Michael Laudrup

Fully established himself at Swansea this season winning the clubs first major trophy. Michael has shown some great tactical awareness with prospering man management skills.

Has experience of being at big clubs, having played for Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout his career. But would Chelsea be the right environment for Laudrup, having resigned at Mallorca in frustration at the working environment. Perhaps Chelsea is a step to far.

Jürgen Klopp

Has transformed Dortmund over the past few seasons, who now play exciting football with true flare, taking apart Manchester City and qualifying ahead of Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League.

What would seem a mastermind in the making or some might say the new Mourinho? Has no experience in the Premier league and took two seasons to transform Dortmund still with very little success in Europe. Klopp would save Abramovich millions in the transfer window by developing brilliant youngsters, but would he really get such a time scale with Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho

A Chelsea supporter’s ideal candidate with known Premier League experience and success, he seems to bring in silverware wherever he goes. Tension grew high towards the end of his Chelsea career but is still regarded as one of the best managers in the world, tactically brilliant and known for lethal counter-attacks.

There is no doubt Mourinho would be a huge success with his former club Chelsea, but he develops counter-attacking teams rather than the ball-playing ones Abramovich appears to desire. Does he deserve a second chance? His trophy cabinet speaks for itself.

David Moyes

Bags of Premier League experience, excellent in the transfer market and rumoured to be hungry for a new challenge. Moyes would be a fine choice, but perhaps a little too ‘safe’ for Roman.

With many bookmakers making Jose Mourinho the favourite there are still many other possibilities. Who do you think it will be?

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