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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%)
    3/1/2013 5:21:51 PM
  • A closer look at the contenders for the Chelsea job...

    David Moyes
    Everton's long serving manager is currently the bookies favourite particularly after refusing to talk about his future until the end of the season.

    Jose Mourinho
    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. 

    Gus Poyet
    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.

    Jurgen Klopp
    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.

    Avram Grant
    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.

    Michael Laudrup
    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.

    Gianfranco Zola
    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.

    John Terry
    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.
    2/28/2013 1:42:16 PM
  • 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.
    2/28/2013 2:26:31 PM
  • Please take Moyes we deserve to have a manager who attempts to win matches, not merely spends his time trying not to lose and who's able to stand up to an idiot Chairman. Chelsea deserve him
    2/28/2013 2:26:51 PM
  • 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.
    2/28/2013 5:11:33 PM
  • Chelsea fans want Rafa Benitez as the next pope.... anything but our manager. #CantManageCFC #Cant ManageReligion #RafaOut
  • 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 him
  • 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.
    2/28/2013 5:15:12 PM
  • Moyes would be insane to go to Chelsea. He wouldn't last a season. They represent the antithesis of what he has at Everton.
    2/28/2013 6:01:30 PM
  • 3/1/2013 5:22:03 PM
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