Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has suffered yet another Premier League defeat and the pressure on his shoulders has increased significantly.
A 2-1 loss to West Ham at Upton Park will lead to serious questions being asked over his future.
The Portuguese coach has made it clear that he will not resign - regardless of what happens - but if Roman Abramovich opts to pay him to leave Stamford Bridge, who could replace him?
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We’ve drawn up a shortlist of five potential replacements and considered the likelihood of them taking the Chelsea manager’s job within the forthcoming weeks.
Scroll down to see our selection and don’t forget to leave your comments in the box below.
Chances of happening: 3/10
Carlo Ancelotti is looking to return to management in January after being sacked by Real Madrid in the summer, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll be up for taking the Chelsea job.
Why? Because Abramovich has already sacked him once before - back in 2011.
The Italian coach could be persuaded to return - Mourinho was, after all - but you wouldn’t blame him if he didn’t fancy coming back.
Chances of happening: 2/10
Diego Simeone will not leave Atletico Madrid halfway through the season - the Argentine has too much of an emotional connection with the Spanish club.
Abramovich would surely be interested in appointing the South American coach as Mourinho’s successor, but the chances of it happening before Christmas are slim to none.
That Simeone signed a new five-year deal with Atleti earlier this year means Chelsea can forget about hiring him.
Chances of happening: 3/10
After being sacked by Liverpool earlier this month, it seems extremely unlikely that Abramovich will get in contact with Brendan Rodgers.
Stranger things have happened, though.
Rodgers’ stock has fallen after being axed by Liverpool, but he knows Chelsea - having worked at the club under Mourinho previously - and would surely take the job if offered.
Chances of happening: 1/10
Abramovich’s dream manager, Pep Guardiola - like Simeone - will not be leaving his current employers until the summer at the earliest.
Bayern Munich could easily finish the season with both the Bundesliga and Champions League titles - so why would Pep walk away?
No chance this will happen.
Chances of happening: 5/10
Player-managers are pretty rare in football these days, but would Abramovich consider handing the reins to John Terry on a temporary basis?
Mr. Chelsea would relish the chance to manage the club - there’s no doubt about that - and he possesses a pretty decent knowledge of the game.
Appointing JT could have disastrous consequences - or it could prove to be a masterstroke.
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