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The Blues have decided to sack the young Portuguese after an awful recent run of form and rumours of player unrest, but who will succeed him at Stamford Bridge?

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Less than 24 hours after a disappointing defeat away to West Brom, Chelsea have decided to sack Andre Villas-Boas.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has once again shown he is not a man to hesitate when it comes to the hiring and firing of even his most senior employees, and speculation is already rife as to who will be the next manager to try and satisfy the Russian.

According to Paddy Power, former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, rumoured to have been offered the chance to succeed Villas-Boas last week, is the early favourite at 5/4, while fans favourite Jose Mourinho is 7/2 to make a sensational return to Stamford Bridge.

Roberto Di Matteo, who will take charge of the first team on an interim basis, is 9/2 to make his promotion permanent, while Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and former England boss Fabio Capello are 5/1 and 8/1 respectively to become the next Blues boss.

HAVE YOUR SAY

But what do you, the Goal.com readers think? Do you believe Benitez will soon be patrolling the touchline at Stamford Bridge, or will the Special One return to settle unfinished business? Does Guardiola want to try and replicate the Barcelona model in west London? Or will someone else come out of the woodwork to claim one of the highest-paid jobs in football?

Make your choice in the poll below, leave a comment or get in touch via the Goal.com UK Twitter account.

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Who should replace Andre Villas-Boas as next permanent Chelsea manager?

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