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Who is most likely to follow Hiddink at Chelsea?
Interim Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink is adamant that he will be leaving at the end of the season to concentrate on the Russia job.
Chelsea fans who had been hoping the Dutchman would decide to stay must now start contemplating a fourth manager in two years.
Frank Rijkaard is unemployed and the style of football his Barcelona side managed when winning the Champions League in 2006 would definitely go down well at the Bridge, especially after some dour displays in recent times.
On the downside, the Dutchman had a little run in with Chelsea when they met Barca in Europe a few years back while his agent has said he is enjoying a break from the game.
Roberto Mancini also has great pedigree and would seem available having been sacked by Inter Milan at the end of last season despite leading them to a third straight scudetto.
His departure from Inter though was rather strange. He said he would quit in May after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 but changed his mind the next day.
Chelsea fans might fret about whether he would offer the stability needed. A messy resolution of his Inter contract is also ongoing and could complicate any future employment.
Carlo Ancelotti is another Italian who has been linked with Chelsea in the media. He held a meeting with Chelsea before Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed in the close season but decided to stay at AC Milan.
He has recently reaffirmed his desire to remain at the San Siro but if Milan, only fifth in Serie A last term, continue to stutter he could be out of a job come May.
They lost 2-1 to leaders Inter last weekend and are virtually out of the title race while Wednesday’s 1-1 UEFA Cup draw at Werder Bremen did not go down well with club owner Silvio Berlusconi.
He has won two European Cups with Milan but would Chelsea really want a coach who had just been sacked?
Bookmakers have given reasonably short odds on Avram Grant returning but given the way he was unceremoniously dumped after losing the Champions League final by the narrowest of margins, it would seem very strange for him to go back.
Any other contenders you think will end up at Chelsea? Inter’s Jose Mourinho has cheekily said he thinks he will one day go back to the Blues, but isn’t he really waiting for the Manchester United job?