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Sunday 23 October 2016

Contenders to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Published 18/12/2015 | 04:46

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is seeking a new manager
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is seeking a new manager

Jose Mourinho's departure from Chelsea is expected to be followed by confirmation of Guus Hiddink arriving as interim manager.

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The club sit just one point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after losing nine of 16 games this season.

Here Press Association Sport looks at the candidates to succeed the self-proclaimed Special One on a long-term basis.

:: Pep Guardiola

The former Barcelona boss was reportedly coveted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich while on sabbatical before the former Spain midfielder opted for Bayern Munich. His contract with the Bavarians ends this summer and speculation of a switch to Manchester City is growing in strength. But Chelsea may still try to tempt him.

:: Diego Simeone

The former Argentina midfielder has enjoyed a fine period as Atletico Madrid boss, breaching the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid with an attractive style, while beating Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and Champions League in the process. The Blues have looked to Atletico for players, now for a manager?

:: Carlo Ancelotti

The Italian, who won the 2010 Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea and finished second the following season before being sacked, is available after leaving Real Madrid. He was popular at Stamford Bridge and apparently wishes to return to England.

:: Fabio Capello

The autocratic Italian's reputation in England is far from strong after his poor reign as national team boss. But his club pedigree with AC Milan and Real Madrid is good and he is still in touch with his former England captain John Terry. He is out of work after leaving Russia and could be an interim option.

:: Guus Hiddink

Dutchman Hiddink's three-month spell at Chelsea from February 2009, after the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, saw Chelsea win the FA Cup and finish third in the Premier League. It is not clear whether he would want the job beyond this summer.

:: Antonio Conte

The Italy boss may not move ahead of Euro 2016, but he reportedly has admirers among the Chelsea hierarchy. He had a glowing caeer at Juventus, first as a player, then as a manager, guiding them to three successive Serie A titles.

:: Massimiliano Allegri

The Italian led Juventus to the Serie A title and Champions League final in 2015.

:: John Terry

The club captain, now 35, has been reading management books for the last few years and recently had Sir Alex Ferguson's 'Leading' for company on a flight back from a match.

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