Second place wasn’t good enough for Chelsea or for owner Roman Abramovich, who fired manager Avram Grant just days after Grant led Chelsea to the Champions League final.
Grant’s departure always did feel like a foregone conclusion but the team’s success in the second half of the season had you wondering if he might be able to hold on. Falling short in the EPL and the Champions League final ultimately did Grant in.
So who will replace Grant? Here is the short-list:
- Guus Hiddink
- Frank Rijkaard
- Sven Goran Erikkson
- Roberto Mancini
- Jose Mourinho
Wait, what? Mourinho? Yep, you read that right. Apparently Mourinho and Abramovich have kissed and made up in recent months. Unfortunately for Chelsea though, Mourninho has been heavily linked to Inter Milan recently and looks like a good bet to join the Italian champions. That would free up Mancini to take the Chelsea job.
Who do you think will be the new Chelsea manager? Hiddink? Rijkaard? Gianfranco Zola? Share your thoughts below.