By Derrick Kiplagat
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s time at Stamford Bridge may be coming to an end as the Blues begin preliminary discussions with three potential successors, according to The Sunday Express. The shortlist is made up of former Chelsea managers including; Roberto Di Matteo, Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink.
The Blues slipped further down the Premier League table to 16th position after suffering their seventh defeat of the season to Stoke City, leaving Mourinho in a precarious position despite the apparent fan support for their manager.
The Portuguese tactician viewed Chelsea’s disastrous showing against Stoke from a local hotel after being handed a one-match stadium ban from the FA after his altercation with match officials after their defeat to West Ham United.
The self proclaimed ‘Special One’ has also created an unwanted record which only serves as a blemish on his immaculate managerial status – the first Chelsea manager to lose three consecutive matches under Roman Abramovich’s tenure.
As such, reports claim that Abramovich, who has thus far stuck by his manager, has started pursuing managerial options beyond Mourinho.
The Sunday Express can confirm that contingency plans have already been put in place if Mourinho is to be relieved of his position at Stamford Bridge.
Reports claim that a small list of three managers has been put together by Abramovich, with the Chelsea owner hoping to fill the prestigious position with a long term replacement.
The list is thought to include former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, a former Chelsea youth coach, former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and another former boss in Guss Hiddink, who originally left the Bridge to fulfill his role as the manager of the Turkish national team on a full time basis.
The Sunday Express also claims that former Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is also being considered for a sensational return to the West London giants.
It is also rumored that Abramovich has also sounded out Atletico Madrid’s well renowned manager Diego Simeone. However, reports claim the Argentine will remain at the Vicente Calderón until the summer.