Next permanent Chelsea manager odds: Benitez the early favourite

Andre Villas-Boas has become the latest manager to leave Stamford Bridge and the betting has already begun on who his successor will be
Chelsea have parted company with manager Andre Villas-Boas after yet another disappointing result at West Brom which saw the Blues lose their seventh Premier League game of the campaign and falling three points behind Arsenal in the race for the final Champions League place.

Paddy Power have been quick to respond with who might replace Villas-Boas in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

Rafa Benitez - 5/4

The former Liverpool and Inter boss heads the betting at 5/4. His experience in England may not have ended on the highest note but his experience of winning the much coveted Champions League trophy back in 2005 may certainly catch the eye of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Jose Mourinho - 7/2

Spotted house hunting in the capital this week and with rumours rife the Portuguese coach may be looking to move on from current club Real Madrid at the end of the season, the former Chelsea boss is next in the betting at 7/2.

The Portuguese has stated his desire to return to England at some point in his career but would he make the move back to Stamford Bridge after the way his relationship with Roman Abramovich broke down when he was last in charge?

Roberto Di Matteo - 9/2

Placed in temporary charge until the end of the season, the former Chelsea player had been part of Villas-Boas' backroom staff and he does have Premier League experience with West Brom. With time to prove himself this season, could the Italian be ready to take on the permanent role when the summer arrives?

Pep Guardiola - 5/1

The current Barcelona manager looks unlikely to retain the Spanish league title with the Catalan giants this season after falling well behind leaders Real Madrid but could his next managerial move be to England?

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