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Chelsea must set their sights on Diego Simeone if Jose Mourinho is sacked

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Chelsea are understandably willing to stick with Jose Mourinho through their current rough patch, but must move for Diego Simeone if the Argentine becomes available.

The current Premier League champions have endured a nightmare start to the season, with Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke City their seventh league defeat from the side's opening 12 matches.

Mourinho moulded the same crop of players into winners last term, but speculation over his job is increasing by the week, with Carlo Ancelotti, Brendan Rodgers and Guus Hiddink all in line to take the reins.

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However, if the special one is relieved of his duties, only Simeone would suffice, though Roman Abramovich may face a battle with the Argentinean national team for his services.

Superb Simeone

Prior to embarking into management Simeone enjoyed a successful career with Atleti at the Vincente Calderon, where his stock has continued to rise throughout the footballing world.

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The 45-year-old succeeded Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, before steering them to fifth place in La Liga and the Europa League title.

A Copa Del Rey victory came the following season, with victory in the final over Mourinho’s Real Madrid the final nail in the coffin for the Portuguese manager who returned to England just a few weeks later.

Simeone then beat Madrid and Barcelona to land the La Liga title in 2013 – the club’s first since 1996 – and came agonisingly close to pipping the former to the Champions League title as well.

However, though his side are only four points adrift of Barcelona at the top of the table, there is a feeling he has achieved all he can at Atletico and it may be time for a new challenge.

Mourinho's misery

Chelsea are stuck in a rut and, although Mourinho’s magic cannot be argued with, his erratic behaviour this term hints at a man feeling the pressure.

At the start of the season, he furiously lashed out at club medic Eva Carneiro who, despite leaving the club, has continued to cast a shadow over Stamford Bridge with the departed currently in the midst of a legal battle with the club.

Arguments and excuses over refereeing decisions have further muddied his reputation, and his suspension for the Stoke game was detrimental to his team rather than beneficial.

Next manager?

Though Abramovich is reportedly willing to give Mourinho time to turn things around, there could come a point where the Russian decides enough is enough.

And though Ancelotti, Hiddink and Rodgers are all highly capable managers, Simeone would be the one most likely to offer stability and success.

What he has achieved in the Spanish capital is nothing short of extraordinary, particularly given the dominance of Madrid and Barcelona who are used to a two-way title challenge every year.

London could be the perfect place for the next stage of his managerial career. Simeone could become the next Special One, but only if he can be persuaded to leave the club where he has been so successful.

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Premier League
Carlo Ancelotti
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Brendan Rodgers
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