Slutsky is a surprise candidate to replace Mourinho at Chelsea

Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky, the current CSKA Moscow and Russian national team manager is a surprise candidate among the probables to replace under pressure Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

The priority for Chelsea still remains in Pep Guardioala of Bayern and Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Guss Hiddink, but now the Russian manager also found a place in the list of the potential candidates.

The rumor first appeared in Spanish publication AS suggest that, Leonid Slutsky is seen as an alternative by Roman Abrahamovic in case he fail to strike a deal with any of his first choice candidates.

Slutsky, who is managing CSKA since 2009 was handed over the responsibilities of Russian national team after Fabio Capello was sacked mid-way through the Euro 2016 qualifying camapign. He was contarcted only until the end of the qualifying campaign and Russia has won 4 out 4 matches gaining automatic qualification to Euro 2016 finals in France.

The 44-year manager has achieved some success in his stint with CSKA by winning Russian Premier League in 2012–13 and 2013–14, making it two in a row. He had also won the Russian Cup in 2010–11 and 2012–13; and the Russian Super Cup in 2013 and 2014; taking his tally to six titles in 5 seasons. He was also the Russian manager of the year in 2013-14.

Jose Mourinho’s position at the helm of Chelsea is uncetain at the moment and various sources suggest that a decision has already been made regarding the Portuguese manager’s future. It is almsot certain that he will be replaced by the end of November untill unless Chelsea starts to turn the tide in some emphatic fashion.

Meanwhile, the Mourinho’s agent is already in talks with various clubs with various sources linking him to French Ligue One clubs Monaco and PSG.

After a disappointing penalty shoot-out loss to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup tie on Tuesday, it is crunch time for Jose Mourinho when Chelsea take on Jurgen Klopp’s new look Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.