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With the Blues riding high after their FA Cup triumph, Phil Kitromilies takes a look at some of the names in the frame to take over at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's metamorphosis under Roberto Di Matteo has been staggering, and a side which two months ago was threatening to endure one of its worst seasons in recent memory, may well end up enjoying the greatest campaign in its history.

Should the likeable Italian lead the Blues to Champions League glory against Bayern Munich on May 19th and add the European Cup to the FA Cup won at Wembley over the weekend.

His odds on becoming the next permanent manager of Chelsea would surely tumble even further; at the moment Sporting Bet price Di Matteo as the 4/7 (1.57) favourite to be in charge of the club next season with Sportingbet.

Next, come arguably to the two biggest managers in world football with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola both available at 7/1 (8.00) with Sportingbet.

Though Mourinho has enjoyed success with Real Madrid, he has not enjoyed a harmonious relationship with the Spanish media, and given his fractious nature, plus the fact that he has just won the La Liga, the Special One may well consider leaving Madrid on a high and making an emotional return to Stamford Bridge. Whether Roman Abramovich would be willing to have him back remains to be seen.

Though Pep Guardiola is leaving Barcelona to take a year out from the game, the idea of living in London may well appeal to the erudite and cultured coach, who already speaks excellent English. He would though take some persuading, to give up his sabbatical year to be thrust into one of the most high pressured positions in world football.

Next in the betting comes Fabio Capello at 10/1 (11.00) with the former England coach openly stating his desire to  manage in the Premier League. His league titles won in Italy and Spain would surely make him an attractive candidate and given the fact that he walked out on the England job after the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy, he would be a popular figure in the dressing room.

Among the numerous other candidates in the Sportingbet book, are former Blues boss Guus Hiddink at 22/1 (23.00) and former Chelsea midfielder Didier Deschamps at 25/1 (26.00).

Perhaps worth consideration is Germany coach Joachim Low who is priced at 22/1 (23.00), but expect those odds to dramatically shorten if the Germans as expected do well at this summer's European Championships

Latest odds:

Roberto Di Matteo - 4/7
Jose Mourinho - 7/1
Pep Guardiola - 7/1
Fabio Capello - 10/1
Laurent Blanc - 12/1

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter 

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