The Debate: Who is the best man to replace Rafael Benitez as Chelsea manager?
Chelsea's interim manager has confirmed he will leave in the summer
Thank you for taking part in our poll. Here are the results which show one clear winner...
Avram Grant (15 votes, 3%)
Jurgen Klopp (21 votes, 5%)
Michael Laudrup (35 votes, 8%)
Jose Mourinho (188 votes, 44%)
David Moyes (46 votes, 11%)
Gus Poyet (11 votes, 3%)
John Terry (50 votes, 12%)
Gianfranco Zola (26 votes, 6%)
Someone else (38 votes, 9%)
A closer look at the contenders for the Chelsea job...
Everton's long serving manager is currently the bookies favourite particularly after refusing to talk about his future until the end of the season.
The former Blues boss looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid at the end of the season and a return to Stamford Bridge would be hugely popular with the fans - although for a man who likes total control of his club, working under Roman Abramovich again would seem to pose a few problems.
Having dispensed with the services of Roberto Di Matteo earlier in this season, it would be ironic if the next permanent Chelsea boss turned out to be another of the club's 90s midfield heroes. A popular figure at the club, his relative inexperience may count against him.
The Dortmund supremo has repeatedly ruled himself out of the running to be next in line at Stamford Bridge and the prospect of pitting his wits against Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich next season surely mean a move to London is unlikely.
Visits to Stamford Bridge aside, there is little to suggest that one of football's glummest looking men will be back in charge of the Blues on a permanent basis. However, the confidant of Abramovich could be installed on an interim basis should Benitez leave early, just as he did when Mourinho left.
Has been incredibly impressive in his short managerial career, just this month winning the League Cup with Swansea. The Welsh club are in talks over extending his contract but the Dane could be tempted away.
While things didn't go brilliantly at West Ham, the former Chelsea striker and fan favourite is currently working magic at Watford, who are on an incredible run that has taken them into the automatic promotion places in the Championship. Would be hugely popular among Blues fans, although the Chelsea vacancy may come too soon in his career.
Captain, legend, leader, manager? Quite possibly Abramovich could turn to the Chelsea skipper if Benitez is ushered out before the end of the season. With zero managerial experience, appointing Terry would be a massive risk, but whatever you think of him, his leadership skills are unquestionable.
Rafael Benitez signalled the end of his tenure at Chelsea last night with an extraordinary outburst following his side's victory over Middlesbrough.
You can read more on the story by following these links...
Chelsea confident of re-appointing Jose Mourinho in the summer, with Avram Grant in line to take charge until the end of the season
David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, John Terry: Who will replace Rafael Benitez at Chelsea?
Rafael Benitez v his Chelsea predecessors
Rafael Benitez reaction: Board backing essential for managers, says Tony Pulis
It is a wonder Rafael Benitez has lasted this long in the madhouse of Roman Abramovich
Chelsea insist 'it's business as usual' following Rafael Benitez rant
Leave now and keep your sanity: Former Chelsea players offer little sympathy for Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez to exit Chelsea and tells fans: 'Don't waste your time with banners'
Many a decent man with a good track record has failed at Chelsea. What they need is a person who can grasp and drink from the poisoned chalice without fear of being contaminated - step forward John Terry. He personifies the "Chelsea spirit" and has immunity from the contents of that chalice because he has contributed much to it himself. Chelsea and Terry have been intertwined for years and are clearly made for (and indeed deserve) each other.
I heard a Chelsea fan on the news this morning saying that the Russian has spent nearly a Billion on the club. What a joke!! At least 100mill of that has paid managers off. What have they to show for it!?!?No manager in their right mind would want the Chelsea. Not unless they need some quick cash. Rafa should never have gone to Chelsea, the plastic flag fans have no respect. Rafa doesn't look right either in that Chelsea gear either.
Chelsea fans want Rafa Benitez as the next pope.... anything but our manager. #CantManageCFC #Cant ManageReligion #RafaOutby spenno1967 via twitter 2/28/2013 5:13:53 PM
i'd like it if Mourinho came back to Chelsea as it would mean he wasn't going to United and I can keep on loving himby em__la via twitter 2/28/2013 5:14:48 PM
With a few hundred votes cast so far today, Jose Mourinho is the overwhelming choice to be the next Chelsea manager with a whopping 44 per cent of the vote. Interestingly, John Terry is second. But that could still all change - the poll remains open and will do until tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. Please keep your comments coming too.
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