Chelsea are searching for a new manager and Pep Guardiola joins Guus Hiddink and Juande Ramos on the shortlist
Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Chelsea FC. Roman Abramovich had kept the faith with the Portuguese until Monday night’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester, with the Russian owner deciding that the loss was enough to send Mourinho on his way.
It means that the London club are searching for a new manager, although Abramovich is no stranger to recruiting an interim manager for a period of months, having hired Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink and Rafael Benitez in recent years.
Juande Ramos has been linked with the vacant position either on a temporary or permanent basis, with the Spaniard 5/1 with BetVictor to become the next permanent Chelsea boss. Although Tottenham fans would not testify that he’s a particularly good manager.
Pep Guardiola seems destined to come to England at some stage of his career, although the Spaniard might have the pick of several teams including the two Manchester outfits. BetVictor go 8/1 that the Bayern Munich coach makes the switch to Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti has already had a stint at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian an 8/1 chance to enjoy a second tenure at the London club, with William Hill going a shorter 6/1 that the former Milan and Real Madrid coach takes up the reins.
Fabio Capello is a 14/1 chance to replace Mourinho, while Brendan Rodgers is a 16/1 chance with William Hill to come out of the cold after his sacking by Liverpool earlier this term.
“One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel like my work was betrayed,” said Mourinho after the Leicester game.
“One possibility is that I did an amazing job last season and brought the players to a level that is not their level and now they can’t maintain it.
“I accept we are in the relegation zone, but I don’t accept we are in a relegation battle,” said Mourinho.
“You look at the table and we are there, but you think you are in a relegation battle if you think you are there for three or four months. I don’t think that.”