Mark Hughes 33/1 to become next Chelsea manager after The Guardian reported that the London club have discussed the Welshman’s credentials
At the end of this season, Guus Hiddink will step down from his interim role as Chelsea manager and the London club will look to install a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.
Last summer, they wouldn’t have envisaged a situation like this, although Mourinho had a huge falling out with several Chelsea players and Hiddink has now been drafted in to steady the ship.
When it comes to a permanent replacement, it looks like a wide open contest right now, with Jorge Sampaoli currently the bookmaker favourite and Paddy Power offer a best price 2/1 about the Argentine taking charge.
Sampaoli has had a long and illustrious managerial career to date, with the 55-year-old having recently stepped down as manager of Chile, although he previously steered them to Copa America success last summer.
However, there are lots of names under discussion and one of them is Mark Hughes. The Stoke City manager has attracted plenty of positive appraisal after his exploits at the Britannia Stadium where he has transformed the Potters’ playing style.
Hughes took Stoke to within a whisker of the Capital One Cup final on Tuesday before City lost on penalties to Liverpool, with The Guardian reporting that the Welshman has not gone unnoticed by the Chelsea board.
The former Chelsea forward enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge as a player, with Hughes having previously been manager of Manchester City before being deposed by Roberto Mancini.
However, BetVictor offer 33/1 that Chelsea turn to Hughes and they might have problems securing the services of the Welshman simply because he’s part of a greater project at a Stoke outfit with big ambitions.
Antonio Conte is a 4/1 chance with Paddy Power, while Diego Simeone is a 10/1 poke with Sky Bet and the Atletico Madrid manager might fancy cutting his teeth in England after a hugely successful time of things in the Spanish capital.