Jose Mourinho looked to be the perfect fit for Chelsea, but something went awry this season and the Blues are looking for a full-time replacement for ‘The Special One’.
Dutchman Guus Hiddink is currently in charge until the end of the current campaign, and even if he manages to turn their season around and win some silverware it doesn’t look like he’ll be at Stamford Bridge next season.
Many Chelsea fans were disappointed to hear the news that Pep Guardiola will be taking over at Manchester City next season, even former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to voice his disgust at the Blues missing out on Pep.
Our greatest coach sacked, our greatest captain leaving & Roman doesn't get Pep…really, @ChelseaFC? Really? 🙈⚽️
— KP (@KP24) February 1, 2016
So who could be in the hot-seat at Stamford Bridge next season?
Manuel Pellegrini – Manchester City
This guy has showed a lot of class over the past few months as he had to deal with talk over his future, he revealed this week in a press conference that he would be leaving City at the end of the season despite what trophies he collects.
City are still in the running to win the Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup and the FA Cup – he could end up winning all four and still be out of work in the summer and many tipster sites such as Bettingpro.com have him down as odds on favourite to secure the position with rumours of contact between Chelsea and Pellegrini having already taken place.
Whatever happens, Pellegrini will not be short of offers and Chelsea will need to act quickly if they want the former Real Madrid boss
Diego Simeone – Atletico Madrid
As a player Diego Simeone was public enemy number one for his role in David Beckham’s sending off at World Cup 98, but as a manager he is rated as one of the best.
Simeone has been in charge of Atletico Madrid since 2011 and it took him just three years to guide them to their first La Liga title in 18 years when they got the better of Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2014.
Whether or not Simeone will want to leave Spain is yet to be seen, but he could be the man to turn things around at Stamford Bridge and even possibly put a smile back on the face of striker Diego Costa.
Juande Ramos – Unemployed
The former Malaga, Sevilla, Tottenham Hotspur, CSKA Moscow and Dinipro Dnipropetrovsk manager is currently unemployed at the moment and would jump at the chance to return to management with a club the size of Chelsea.
While Ramos would love to be in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge, the fans may not be as excited as they would find it difficult to cheer a man who is charge of fierce rivals Spurs – They never took to Rafael Benitez during his spell in charge so they would probably be the same with Ramos.
Fabio Capello – Unemployed
Capello has been linked with the Blues in the past and was interested in taking over as interim boss after Mourinho was sacked, so this rumour could have some miles in it.
The former England boss has been out of work since leaving his role with Russia in 2015. He could be seen as a risk though as he has not managed a club side since Real Madrid in 2007, plus Chelsea fans will probably want a much bigger name than Capello.
Brendan Rodgers – Unemployed
Brendan Rodgers has been unemployed since being sacked by Liverpool and, although he has said he wants to take a break from football for a while, he would probably jump at the chance of returning to the sport with Chelsea.
Rodgers has a bit of history with the Blues, having been on the coaching staff before leaving for Watford, and again some fans will see this as a step backwards after Mourinho and Hiddink and, just like Benitez, they may not forgive him for having links with Liverpool.