Jose Mourinho is hanging on for dear life at Chelsea following yet another defeat and speculation is rife that Roman Abramovich could sack the Portuguese coach within the next week or so.
But Abramovich has a dilemma on his hands: who, exactly, is available to replace Mourinho at such short notice?
Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone will not be leaving Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, respectively, while Abramovich may feel he has already had his fingers burnt once before with the bookmakers’ current favourite Carlo Ancelotti.
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Fabio Capello is very unlikely to end up at Stamford Bridge - despite his status as the second favourite - while Brendan Rodgers can dream on if he thinks he stands a chance of landing the job after being sacked by Liverpool.
If Mourinho is axed, it’s likely that an unexpected name will be announced as his replacement. We’ve taken a look at five of the most ridiculous names to be linked with the potential vacancy at Stamford Bridge for your amusement, with the odds listed below provided by Paddy Power.
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Arsene Wenger | 80/1
Erm, yeah, where to start with this one.
Just imagine if Abramovich actually sacked Mourinho and replaced him with his great rival Arsene Wenger. The fallout would be epic.
Add a few zeros to the 80 and we still wouldn’t be tempted to have a flutter on this one.
Roy Keane | 200/1
Now we’re talking.
If Abramovich feels Chelsea’s privileged stars are in desperate need of a rocket then he needn’t look any further than Roy Keane - arguably the most terrifying man, let alone manager, on the planet.
Keano admitted in his autobiography that being a pundit does little for him and it’s clear he would relish the opportunity to get back into management.
Despite the odds, though, it’s probably still not worth a 50p bet.
Didier Drogba | 50/1
Didier Drogba loves Chelsea and the fans love him. That’s pretty much the only reason why Abramovich would even consider the ludicrous idea of appointing the Blues’ legend as Chelsea’s next manager.
Forget about getting him back to Stamford Bridge as a coach, Drogba could have done a better job than Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy combined this season.
Roy Hodgson | 50/1
Why would Roy Hodgson quit England ahead of next summer’s European Championships, after guiding the Three Lions to 10 straight victories in qualifying, in order to take over a Chelsea side currently three points outside of the relegation zone?
Answers on a postcard please.
A more pertinent question, though, is why would Chelsea even consider the idea of hiring Hodgson?
They’d sooner have Drogba in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
Paolo Di Canio | 200/1
Yes, of course it would be worth it for the LOLs, but Abramovich could be forgiven if he opts against hiring Paolo Di Canio for the purpose of pure comedy.
The controversial Italian hasn’t landed a managerial role since being sacked by Sunderland in 2013 and is unlikely to find himself working back in the Premier League for a long, long time.
If Abramovich wants Chelsea to become even more unpopular amongst the wider footballing community, Di Canio is the man he should hire.
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