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Chelsea considers Didier Deschamps as next long-term manager

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With Chelsea fans still on a high following their 1-0 win over Arsenal, it is worth remembering that, come the end of the season, they will be on a familiar search for a new manager.

No matter how well Guus Hiddink does between now and the summer, he is almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge. The veteran Dutch coach may be performing well on an interim basis, but Roman Abramovich is still after a man willing and able to form a dynasty.

But he has already sacked a large chunk of the world's finest coaches. Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and even Andre Villas-Boas have all felt the full force of the oligarch in the past and that trigger-happy nature appears to have cost him any chance of bagging Pep Guardiola.

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Now, he and his trusted confidants, Marina Granovskaia and Michael Emenalo, are forced to look further down from the top shelf. They have found France manager Didier Deschamps and Stoke City's Mark Hughes.

Both names will come as a surprise to Chelsea fans used to seeing the very biggest names linked with their hot seat, but it serves as a sign of how far Abramovich has come since his days of searching for instant success. Whoever it is, the Russian wants his next manager to commit to a long-term project.

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French revolution

Deschamps, of course, enjoyed a short stint at Chelsea during his playing career between 1999 and 2000, but it his credentials as a manager that have drawn the interest of Abramovich.

Currently managing France, his contract is set to expire after this summer's Euro 2016 championships, meaning he could be available for free. That's attractive to a man who has, in previous years, paid heavy release clauses for the likes of Villas-Boas.

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Stoke revolution

Hughes, also a former Chelsea player, has had his ups and downs as manager but is definitely at the highest point so far.

The 52-year-old has transformed Stoke City from a rough and ready team of tacklers to slick, counter-attackers. He's earned plaudits for his work in Staffordshire and a chance at the big time looks inevitable even if Chelsea decide on someone else.

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