Chelsea should appoint Southampton boss Ronald Koeman in the summer, according to fomer Blues player and manager Glenn Hoddle.
The Stamford Bridge club are currently under the guidance of caretaker manager Guus Hiddink but plan on appointing someone on a long-term basis at the end of the season.
Hoddle, who spent two years as a player and three years as a manager at Chelsea, believes that Roman Abramovich should look to current Premier League manager Koeman as the man to take over.
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“I would probably go for, on a football front, I think Koeman’s been excellent,” Hoddle said on BT Sport.
“Southampton fans won’t like me for saying that but Koeman, for me, with better tools I think… they had to sell so many players, what he brought in and how he’s got them playing, I think he would be one that would be on the radar.”
Koeman took over at St. Mary’s in June 2014 and led them to seventh position - their best ever Premier League season - despite losing Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.
Koeman’s Southampton are having a decent campaign this time around sitting in seventh despite, once again, losing key players in Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Plenty of high-profile names have been linked with Chelsea since Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December and Koeman faces stiff competition if he wants the job.
The club were linked with departing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola before Manchester City announced his arrival. Since that news, the current City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been tipped to take over while Atletico’s Diego Simeone has also been mentioned.
However, Koeman may be reluctant to take the Chelsea post given the high turnover rate of managers with Abramovich in charge.
The club are looking for their 14th boss since the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in May 2004 and the Dutchman could be tempted to remain at his secure job on the South coast.
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