Despite a strong finish to the season for Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti it appears that it will not be enough to save the manager’s job, the bookies make Ancelotti quite long odds on (8/13) to lose his job as Chelsea manager this summer and he will most likely be replaced by a former manager of Chelsea according to the latest Next Chelsea Manager Odds.
Just about the favourite to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the moment, whether it is this summer or next, is Jose Mourinho. He had a successful spell at Stamford Bridge with only the Champions League really eluding him in his time as Chelsea manager and it would appear that he is ready to leave Real Madrid after just one season, so the signs are good for Chelsea if they wish to go down that route. The biggest barrier could be whether or not Mourinho wants to hold out for the Man Utd job. Mourinho is very much a CV orientated manager, leaving two clubs straight after winning the Champions League, failure to lift that trophy in two spells at Chelsea would be a big blow for him. Mourinho is a solid choice at 7/2 currently.
At slightly bigger odds of 4/1 you could back Guus Hiddink to return to Chelsea after his short stint as boss after Phil Scolari was given his marching orders. Hiddink created a huge amount of goodwill in his time at Chelsea and could be the perfect candidate for Roman Abramovich presuming he can be persuaded to leave the international scene permanently.
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will be a popular candidate for many jobs when he leaves Barcelona but it looks as though he won’t leave until next summer, so he wouldn’t appeal in the betting at around 8/1 if Carlo Ancelotti does go this summer but if the odds of 6/5 on Carlo Ancelotti still being in charge next season are correct then Guardiola would make plenty of appeal to be the Next Chelsea Manager, presuming the position becomes available at the end of next season.
Another highly sought after manager is Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas who has drawn many comparisons with Mourinho, he had no playing experience and got into management very early (is still only 33) and is getting noticed across Europe for his exploits in the Europa League with Porto. Whether or not he goes straight to a big club or uses a club like Spurs as a stepping stone remains to be seen, the bookies make him best odds of 12/1 at the moment although he is as short as 4/1 which makes that 12/1 appeal as good value.
There are all the usual names in the frame for the job, Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Didier Deschamps and even Harry Redknapp are all relatively short odds to replace Carlo Ancelotti but the immediate question is will Ancelotti still have a job in a month’s time?
OLBG have the odds on all the candidates for the job on their Next Chelsea Manager odds page.