Top 10 candidates to be new Chelsea manager
1. Guus Hiddink
Roman didn’t want to lose him the first time around after a successful stint at the club. The Dutchman lost just one game during his temporary stint at Stamford Bridge.
2. Marco Van Basten
Another Dutchman who has been repeatedly linked with the Chelsea job over the last few years. His achievements as a coach are not exactly earth-shattering, but Abramovich has a different set of criteria to the rest of us.
3. Avram Grant
Another Abramovich favourite now available on the cheap after leaving his previous post (you might have heard about that). You would think Roman had learnt his lesson, but you can never be sure.
4. Andre Villas-Boas
The highly-rated Porto boss is touted as the new Mourinho, and Abramovich would love a new era of Mourinho-style success. He’s also been pimping his contract release clause around in recent days.
5. Jose Mourinho
Why go for the new Mourinho when you could have the original? His Marmite status at Real Madrid is well-documented and he has made no secret of his desire to return to England for his next post. It would hurt him to leave Spain without winning the Champions League though.
6. Didier Deschamps
The ex-Chelsea midfielder has reportedly been on the Blues’ radar in recent times. He has impressed in his tenure at Marseille and Roman could be tempted by the French World Cup winner.
7. Rafa Benitez
He always seemed to have the upper-hand on Chelsea during his time in charge of Liverpool, so could Abramovich be tempted to bring his former nemesis in from the cold?
8. Gianfranco Zola
Another former Chelsea player and one with a bigger write-up in the club’s history books than Deschamps. His time as West Ham manager was not without its wobbles, but most Hammers fans were ultimately happy with Zola’s brand of football. His 17th place finish is also looking pretty favourable at the minute.
9. Frank Rijkaard
Another example of Abramovich’s apparent penchant for Dutch managers. Rijkaard is always linked with a move to Stamford Bridge when there is a vacancy (and often when there isn’t). He is bound to be among the names circulating once again.
10. Harry Redknapp
If Abramovich decides bringing in foreign managers is where he has been going wrong then he might plump for the current highest profile English manager. Redknapp has experienced a degree of Champions League success and his achievements at Tottenham speak for themselves.