Sky Sports takes a look at some of the options to replace Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager.
Last Updated: 05/03/12 9:34am
Chelsea are looking for a new manager after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked following a recent run of poor results.
Here, Sky Sports looks at some of the leading contenders to become the eighth manager during Roman Abramovich's ownership of the club.
JOSE MOURINHO - 15/8
Despite Mourinho and Real Madrid holding a seemingly decisive lead over Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division, Mourinho is believed to be unsatisfied at the Santiago Bernabeu and has long made it known that he wants a return to the Premier League. He is still in contact via text with key figures at the club and remains well loved at Stamford Bridge by players and fans alike, but bridges would have to be rebuilt with owner Abramovich, who dispensed with Mourinho's services in September 2007.
RAFAEL BENITEZ - 11/4
Currently without a job, Benitez has built a good track record at Valencia and Liverpool. His reputation has taken a hit following a brief and unsuccessful spell at Inter Milan, but the Spaniard still lives in England and, after reports of contact with the club before Villas-Boas' departure, he is the bookies' favourite.
BRENDAN RODGERS - 22/1
Held in very high regard at the moment due to the brilliant job he has done in getting Swansea to perform as well as they have in their first season back in the top flight. Has previous experience at Chelsea having served as part of the club's backroom staff, initially under Mourinho, but his CV may look a little similar to that of Villas-Boas.
FABIO CAPELLO - 8/1
Has a point to prove to English supporters and, while his spell as England manager turned out to be a disappointment, he has led Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and Roma to league title glory as well as winning the Champions League with Milan. Staying in London and righting the wrong of his reign as England manager might tempt the experienced Italian, while his support of John Terry could play well with the Chelsea old guard.
GUUS HIDDINK - 66/1
The Dutchman would have been an overwhelming favourite for the post had he not recently taken the helm at the ambitious Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. He previously stepped into the breach when the Blues parted company with Luiz Felipe Scolari and made a big impression on the playing staff, while maintaining positive relations with Abramovich. Should there be a get-out clause in his Anzhi contract, Chelsea would surely be willing to pay.
PEP GUARDIOLA - 4/1
Swapping the harmonious atmosphere at Barcelona for the notoriously difficult dressing room at Stamford Bridge may seem to some an uninspiring move, but Guardiola has only ever signed one-year contract extensions and has yet to put pen to paper on his latest one. Chelsea would undoubtedly be keen, but would Guardiola want to leave Barca after a season that looks set to end in success for Real Madrid?
ROBERTO DI MATTEO - 8/1
The former fan favourite has first crack at outlining his credentials as he attempts to salvage a positive end to the season in his caretaker role. But, realistically, less than a full season of Premier League management with West Brom and a spell as Villas-Boas' assistant are unlikely to carry enough weight.
Redknapp's stock is at an all-time high due to his wonderful work at Tottenham, while he is widely believed to be the England boss in waiting. Deciding whether or not he wants to build on his Spurs legacy or take the challenge of leading his country is likely to be enough to occupy his thoughts, making a move across London distinctly unlikely.
Sky Bet odds subject to change.