After Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Sunday evening it looked as though Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas could be the man to replace him but after 24 hours there was a clear trend in the Next Chelsea Manager Odds and that was back Marco Van Basten at all costs.
Marco Van Basten was available at 12/1 for those that got on early but those odds soon disappeared and the former Holland boss has been backed ever since, his odds continue to drop and the bookies have been offering prices ranging from 5/4 to 5/2 recently. It is rather surprising that this link has developed so early, perhaps Abramovich had already made contact before Ancelotti was officially let go, but it certainly looks as though Van Basten is first choice, despite being a slightly risky candidate, his only club experience is with Ajax.
Many thought that Guus Hiddink would be the man who Abramovich had at the top of his shortlist but it appears he is only second choice to return to Stamford Bridge. He has been pretty solid in the betting despite the money for Van Basten and it is thought that he is still paid by Abramovich as an adviser so if they still have a strong relationship as it seems he could still become the Next Chelsea Manager, the bookies make him around a 4/1 chance.
The early favourite Andre Villas-Boas has drifted in the betting because of the money for Van Basten, Villas-Boas was just 2/1 on Sunday evening to replace Ancelotti. He has drawn comparisons with Jose Mourinho having worked with him during his career before going on to gain European success with Porto at a very young age, he may be given another season or two before he get his big move as he is out to 5/1 with several bookies.
It is surprising to see Harry Redknapp so short in the Next Chelsea Manager Betting, the Spurs boss is as short as 4/1 and as big as 8/1 at the time of writing but his limitations have perhaps been exposed a little this season so the chances of him being given an even bigger job seem unlikely. Meanwhile you can’t give Jose Mourinho away in the betting at the moment, he is as big as 12/1 and keeps getting bigger all the time. The likes of Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard seem unlikely at double figure odds for different reasons.
OLBG list out all the latest odds on the candidates for the job on their Next Chelsea Manager Odds page.