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Five managers who could replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss

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“So it begins, the great battle of our time.” Gandalf’s immortal words from the Lord of the Rings carried with them a sense of foreboding ahead of the prolonged, gory, brutal war between the dark forces of Lord Sauron and the good folk of Middle-Earth.

In the Premier League, a great battle has ensued in the Chelsea boardroom after the club decided to part ways with Jose Mourinho. The top management have a task on their hands, not least deciding who is worthy enough to fill Mourinho’s shoes AND take the Chelsea story forward.

So, without further ado, here’s who we think the Chelsea management are looking at for the top job at Stamford Bridge.

1. Guus Hiddink

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The most likely candidate, Hiddink has good history with Chelsea, having led them to FA Cup glory as interim manager in 2009. He is very good friends with owner Roman Abramovich.

Hiddink brings with him exceptional man-management skills. He is used to taking over when the chips are down, and usually delivers instant results. He even took Chelsea to the Champions League final, but for a last-minute Andres Iniesta goal.

However, for all his skills, he hasn’t achieved much since he left Chelsea. He failed to take Turkey the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and was sacked by The Netherlands midway through a horrendous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

2. Carlo Ancelotti

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Ancelotti took over from Hiddink as Chelsea manager in 2009 and took the club to a Premier League title in the 2009-10 season.

Ancelotti is excellent at managing big personalities, having demonstrated that to great effect at Real Madrid. An uncalled-for sacking aside, Ancelotti has done quite well at Real, and his people skills will be of use in the current Chelsea dressing room, where Mourinho’s brash managerial style has left quite a few bruised egos.

3. Brendan Rodgers (ha, yes!)

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Photo courtesy: The Guardian

Rodgers may seem an odd choice for Chelsea. But he does have a close association with the club – he was a coach under the Mourinho regime at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007.

With Rodgers, Chelsea will get a a tactician on the training ground, whose drills often produce exceptional football. His methods almost gave Liverpool the unlikeliest of Premier League titles in 2013-14.

However, his man-management skills leave a lot to be desired. While Rodgers will say he was sacked by Liverpool to make way for Jurgen Klopp, the neutrals know it was Rodgers’ off-kilter philosophy and his lack of composure under pressure that cost him his job.

4. Diego Simeone

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Simeone has done brilliantly at Atletico Madrid, winning the Spanish La Liga with the club in 2014. A modern Mourinho, he builds strong relationships with his players.

If he is allowed to build a team his way and on his terms, Chelsea could be a hard side to beat. However, Simeone speaks little to no English, which cause communication issues, for both players and management. But his relationship with Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa may help.

5. Pep Guardiola

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If Guardiola decides to quit his role at Bayern Munich, if he decides to continue coaching, if he decides to come to England – a lot of ‘ifs’ surround Guardiola’s move to Chelsea, and many are skeptical about its possibility.

Though, he is the dream choice for Roman Abramovich – indeed, anyone – Guardiola looks unlikely to come to Chelsea. However, if Chelsea manage to pull off the ultimate coup, Guardiola brings with him the kind of purist football that fans have been longing to see in the Premier League.

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