Next Chelsea manager: 5 contenders to replace Sarri

An embarrassing first-half collapse against Manchester City has increased speculation that Maurizio Sarri could be sacked as Chelsea manager.

It was the second consecutive away game the Blues had conceded four without reply and leaves them outside the Champions League qualification places. With Roman Abramovich notoriously short of patience, it would be little surprise to see Sarri go before the end of the season.

If the Chelsea owner does pull the trigger, here are five men who could replace the Italian in the dugout.

Gianfranco Zola Odds: 8-1 A Chelsea legend and currently Sarri’s assistant. Not a great track record given poor spells at West Ham, Watford and Birmingham City so more likely to be a stop-gap choice.

Zinedine Zidane Odds: 10-1 Three Champions League trophies in as many years speak for themselves. Out of a job since leaving Real Madrid last summer but is not keen on managing in England, according to his agent.

Diego Simeone Odds: 12-1 One of the most coveted managers in Europe and has performed miracles with Atletico Madrid given competition from Barcelona and Real.

Could be tempted by a new challenge. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 12-1 A former youth and reserve coach at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, has impressed since moving north to Celtic but former spell at Liverpool means he may not be popular with fans.

Nuno Espirito Santo Odds: 12-1 Has enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Premier League with Wolves but would be seen as a risk given lack of experience at a top club.

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