Chelsea hierarchy had given Jose Mourinho the axe following the worst start to their season in 40 years. Following the ninth loss of the season in the Premier League from the hands of Leiceser City, the Blues owner Roman Abrahamovic along with the board had went into a marathon discussion which last for around three days to reach the decision which they felt is right to sack the Portuguese boss.
Without a doubt, Jose Mourinho is the most successful manager in the history of Chelsea, but he became his own enemy with his behavior on and off the field this season starting from Eva Carnerio case, the stadium ban and the blatant criticism of his own players.
The chips are low at Chelsea and they may require a mammoth effort from the players and fans alike to see them get to a decent league position at the season. Now that Jose is gone, it still remains to be seen if Chelsea choose to operate with an interim manager till the end of the season or draw in a permanent manager at this point of time.
We took a look at the bookmaker’s odds to compile a list of top 10 candidates who are in the run to take over the reins at Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis.
1. Pep Guardiola
Guardiola is the most sort after manager in European football at the moment. The Spaniard who doesn’t often stay at one club long enough is expected to announce his decision to leave Bundesliga Champions at the end of the season before Christmas.
Unarguably, Pep is Abrahamovic’s first choice to be the next Chelsea manager, but he may not be available before the end of the season. On the other hand, interests in Pep is high with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG are also in the run for his signature. Other rumors also indicate that the Bavarians are set to offer him a lucrative deal to make him stay at Allianz Arena.