IT'S THE job that nobody wants.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Pep Guardiola top of his hit-list to replace Andre Villas-Boas – but all are likely to turn down the chance to earn €120,000-a-week as Chelsea manager.
Villas-Boas lasted just 40 games in the Stamford Bridge hotseat after being fired yesterday in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's Premier League defeat to West Brom.
Chelsea are now searching for a manager for the eighth time since Abramovich took over in 2003.
But despite the fact that they head up the betting for the post, Real Madrid boss Mourinho and Barcelona supremo Guardiola are almost certain to say no to the job and the Blues may be forced to work through a list of candidates before landing on a name like Rafa Benitez.
Hiddink is still highly regarded at the club but he has only just started work with Russian side Anzhi and is not willing to leave so quickly.
The Spanish-based duo of Mourinho and Guardiola are all too aware that Villas-Boas, who only months ago was lauded as the hottest coaching talent in Europe, was given just nine months and the Blues may be forced to leave caretaker boss Roberto di Matteo in charge for the rest of the season.
“It will be hell for whoever succeeds him,” said Luiz Felipe Scolari, who lasted only 36 games in the post before he was sacked.