And the man to guide Chelsea to success until November 2009 is…
With Chelsea and Luiz Felipe Scolari’s quickie divorce now complete, the search for a new love in the life of Chelsea FC can begin.
The bookies have made Avram Grant and Guus Hiddink the favourties. I suspect pride on the part of both Roman Abramovich and Avram Grant would prevent any such reunion. Hiddink is a big contender, but will seeing the margin for error at Stamford Bridge scare him off risking his glittering CV?
Chelsea fans, albeit stupid ones, unfurled a banner against Hull at the weekend calling for an old boys management duo of Gianfranco Zola and Robert di Matteo. If they had half a brain cell between them, they might realise the impact Steve Clarke had on their recent success and throw him into the equation with his new boss Zola.
The usual suspects of Roberto Mancini and Frank Rijkaard have also been linked with the post, although Mancini is believed to have ruled himself out. Among the more obscure outsiders are Slaven Bilic, Didier Deschamps and caretaker boss Ray Wilkins (who would be a Kinnear-esque appointment).
So who should get the nod?