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An embarrassing collapse against Manchester City has increased speculation that Maurizio Sarri could soon be sacked as Chelsea manager.
It was the second consecutive away game the Blues have been thrashed without reply and leave 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.
“I think that will happen, it’s normal. It’s something that we need to do,” admitted Sarri when asked whether he will discuss his future with the club’s hierarchy.
“I think that is right. I am in charge of the team so, it’s right.” If the Chelsea owner does pull the trigger, here are three men who could replace the Italian in the dugout.
The Chelsea legend who is 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 until a permanent replacement is found.
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.
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.