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Chelsea's Next Manager

Updated on March 8, 2013

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.

Pep Guardiola

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

Jose Mourinho

"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

Guus Hiddink

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

Michael Laudrup

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

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      @CCahill

      If Mourinho struggles he won't go for a high profile/pressure job like Brazil. He'll be off to Anazhi.

      @FaisalKhan2121

      I agree with you. Pep will not come simply because of the rate in which the Roman sacks managers. His constant pressure is not what Pep is looking for with his first team back. On that note, if Mourinho gets fired I doubt he'd want a high pressure job like Chelsea.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      well your right, Pep and Mourihno could both be interested in a new challenge, perhaps your right with Russia for Mourihno, its quite obvious hes trying to set a new records for clean sweeps of world trophies, so maybe even brazil

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      @CCahill what manager would be. To be fair to pep, I think he should go internationally, meaning outside of UEFA.

      Barca is a lovely club but they have brewed a strong culture there which doesnt fit with most other leagues or clubs.

      Look at Chelsea, we could literally become the Barca mirror in the EPL but our players have too much of the ePL mentality, which is to get frustrated and take a crack at goal. Instead of holding possession and waiting it out. That is what Barca would have done against Swansea and Swansea would have never got a shot. Chelsea possessed but always possessed to push, Barca sometimes wait for you to fall asleep, but that isnt in the ePL mentality.

      Other clubs are far too invested in buying players. Pep is use to players reared at la masia to step into the first team, most clubs dont have that kind of environment. I know he played in mexico but i wonder if pep could be successful outside of barca. I have doubts. BUT

      In Brazil, I would love to see Pep at Santos. or Sao Paulo. The Tricolor and the Peixe have good youth development programs. Kaka came out of Sao Paulo. Santos have neymar, and had ganso [who will be playing for Sao PAulo, cant wait to see that] but a host of other young players. I think Pep wants to extend the culture of Barca outside of Barca, and he needs clubs with strong youth development systems, good money, strong name, and possibilities to lift titles. In UEFA alot of those clubs arent strong enough to win it all. Santos won the copa libertadores, and that is not a simple feet when you consider the club world cup recently. It is a good time to get into Brazil with the new money too.

      well, that is my view. I think Benitez stays if pep doesnt come in, AND chelsea can win four trophies as i predict.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      I've heard that Pep is not too encouraged by the rate at which Roman sacks his managers

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      tough nlazar, I cant answer now:) I think mourinho goes to PSG or perhaps even Anzhi, imagine winning Russia's first EPL trophy. And, if PSG win a UEFA CL , the media craze with paris will be huge. PSG is an underated club in terms of its potential popularity. It is possible.