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Chelsea sack Jose Mourinho: With the Special One gone, who is favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho has received his marching orders, so we look at the main contenders to take the reins at Chelsea

by Josh Powell | December 17, 2015

The Special One is no more! After Chelsea won just four of their opening 16 league games, and with the Blues currently sitting just a point above the relegation zone, Jose Mourinho has been given the boot with just over a week until Christmas Day. It is the season of giving after all…

Leicester’s 2-1 victory against Mourinho’s side on Monday evening was the final nail in the coffin and Gus Hiddink has been installed as the favourite to take over at . Hiddink came in as interim Chelsea boss in 2009 and posted a record of 17 wins, five draws and just a single loss – a 74 per cent win record that would have Tim Sherwood drooling.

Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos is a shot to take the gig in what might not be the most popular choice in the capital. Expect plenty of ‘Agent Juande’ gags from giddy Tottenham fans on Twitter if Ramos does get the job and Chelsea continue to stutter. Carlo Ancelotti and his uncontrollable eyebrows won the domestic double with Chelsea in 2009/10 and he is getting well backed at to get back on the managerial roundabout after taking a break in Canada.

Carlo Ancelotti

And what about the elephant in the room. A well dressed, managerial genius of an elephant that is. Pep Guardiola is a shot to become the next permanent Chelsea manager and finally arrive in the Premier League. At the opposite end of the ‘Chelsea Fan Excitement Scale’ is Brendan Rodgers – a 10/1 shot to take over at Stamford Bride.

The rank outsider? Eva Carneiro at . Although it may take more than a magic sponge to get Chelsea back in the top four this season…

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