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Chelsea's Next Manager
After the sacking of RDM, Rafa Benitez was put in charge on an interm basis. A new manager will most likely be appointed over the summer (or sooner if the Blues struggle) so here are some of the top contenders.
The Roman wanting Pep in charge has been London's worst kept secret. He reached out several times to him after sacking RDM, but was unable to persuade him out of 'retirement'. Now Pep has announced he wants to get back into the sport, with Chelsea the lead to get him. Pep won the La Liga 3 times, the Copa Del Ray twice and the Champions League twice. He was also the FIFA coach of the year in 2011.
Odds (From SkyBet): 1/1
Other Contending Teams: Both Manchesters (United only if Fergie retires), AC Milan, Arsenal and PSG
NOTE: Pep was signed by Bayern Munich
"The special one" is the fan's choice for manager, and could be available if he doesn't turn things around at Madrid soon. That being said, the Roman may not pick him simply because of his poor performances this year. Real finished 2nd in the UCL group stage and currently sits in 3rd in the La Liga. Jose won the Premier League and League Cup twice with Chelsea, while also winning the FA Cup once.
Odds (From SkyBet): 6/1
Other Competitors: PSG
Hiddink is the other fan's choice, and only lost once as Chelsea caretaker, and should have lead them to the Champs League Final if not for bad reffing. He won the FA Cup while with Chelsea and was a player and fan favorite. Although he announced that he will retire at the end of he season (he currently manages Anzhi Makhachkala), it will be interesting to see if he would turn down an offer from Chelsea.
Odds (From StanJames): 40/1
Other Competitors: Anzhi Makhachkala
The underdog in the race, if Laudrup continues his current form, he will be a top contender for the job. His only downside is his lack of experience in the EPL. He has proven to be a smart buyer (see Michu) and if he win the Capital One Cup and qualifies for Europe, he will be a sure bet to go bigger.
Odds (By StanJames): 20/1
Other Competitors: Swansea City, Arsenal