Just over a month ago, Brendan Rodgers left Liverpool a broken man. He had taken the Reds to within a whisker of the Premier League title but was ingloriously exiled to football's wilderness.
Jose Mourinho looks set to follow a similar path. Chelsea's latest defeat against Stoke City moved his team further from top-four contention and him closer to the Stamford Bridge exit door. It may have also granted a glorious opportunity for Rodgers to return.
Alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone, Rodgers has been named as a potential candidate should the Special One need replacing. However, according to the Mirror, the past could be about to come back to haunt the Northern Irishman.
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One of their top journalists, John Cross, has claimed there is some ill feeling amongst Chelsea officials when it comes to Rodgers.
Loan deals that saw Josh McEachran go to Swansea and Victor Moses to Liverpool were both negotiated by Rodgers and it seems the former Anfield chief managed to leave a bitter taste in Chelsea's mouth.
However, Rodgers appears to be the only manager with top-level experience available on short notice. Simeone would not be willing to leave Atletico Madrid before the end of the season while Ancelotti is enjoying his year-long sabbatical following his spell at Real Madrid.
Rodgers was also intending to take a break from football, but the opportunity to manage one of the few clubs bigger than Liverpool will probably convince him to return early. He would also likely come at a significantly smaller cost than either Ancelotti and Simeone.
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