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Next Chelsea Manager betting odds turn to Mourinho after Guardiola heads to Bayern

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With Pep Guardiola making a return to football management with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga next season, it has left Chelsea in a bit of limbo. Guardiola was one of the favourites in Chelsea Next Permanent Manager betting, but with the Spaniard dismissing a move to Stamford Bridge, it has left a confusing situation for Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire is a big fan of Guardiola and wanted him at his club, but he has suffered rejection. With Rafa benitez on only temporary assignment in West London, where the leader for next Chelsea manager going to come from. The speculation over a return for Jose Mourinho won’t go away. The Special One is having a tough season in La Liga, with reports over dressing room fallouts. However, he only signed a big new contract last year after securing the Spanish league title, so will he tough it out there? It is an interesting situation, and what makes Mourinho favourite is how much he was admired at the Bridge. The Portuguese manager knows what life is like at the club under Roman Abramovich and while he would be welcomed back by the Chelsea faithful, questions over his relationship with Abramovich may cause some hesitation in backing Mourinho in next Chelsea boss betting. It was fractured when he left, how much has it been repaired? Offering much better value is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp. He made Dortmund into a European force, fending off Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title last season. There is a lot of promise in a move for Klopp, who are highly unlikely to retain their league title this season. They are also in a tight scrap for a Champions League place as well. If that fails this season, a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer would be a good new challenge for him. Klopp is forward thinking and adventurous enough with his football philosophy to fit Abramovich’s plans. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. This is an interesting one. No doubt the Argentine has done a superb job, with limited resources compared to the might of Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, he has had the benefit of having Radamel Falcao in his ranks. Should Chelsea make a move for Simeone, it may bring the factor of being able to lure Falcao to the Premier League. Germany’s Joachim Loew has also started to get linked with a move to the club as well. He again, is another who would bring the flair and style that Abramovich wants. After bringing in the highly unpopular Rafa Benitez though, if that doesn’t yield any success, there may be a diplomatic move by the club to bring back a favourite. Gus Poyet has made a solid name for himself in managerial circuits and would be a familiar face back at the Bridge. So too Gianfranco Zola, regarded as the best player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt. Odds on Zola have been trimmed over the past week or so, as speculation mounts that a move will be made for him. Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power Jose Mourinho 15/8, Jurgen Klopp 7/2, Joachim Low 9/1, Diego Simeone 14/1, Michael Laudrup 14/1, Gianfranco Zola 20/1, Frank Rijkaard 25/1 Get yourself a free £50 bet at online bookmaker Paddy Power as part of their welcome bonus. New customers registering an account with get the value of their first stake matched with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50.

Andre Villas Boas Next Premier League Manager to go

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It is looking like something of a certainty that Chelsea boss Andre-Villas Boas isn't going to be around much longer. The Blues suffered a very lack lustre defeat at the Hawthorns against West Brom. That could well be the final nail in the coffin of his Chelsea managerial career as criticism over naive tactics and a divided squad continues to rage on. The young Portuguese manager actually seems intent on digging that hole a little deeper, with comments such as saying Manchester City have a better squad that Chelsea do, and likening Fernando Torres to Matias Kezman and Andriy Shevchenko. That result has left Chelsea really struggling to finish fourth in the Premier League, which will have the disastrous consequences of seeing the Blues miss out on a Champions League place next season. Their Champions League position in this season's competition is already at risk, after losing heavily to Napoli after a shambolic defensive display in the first leg of their last sixteen match. The pressure has mounted so much on Andre Villas-Boas, that he doesn't seem to have the support of Roman Abramovich at all, and while Villas-Boas does have his supporters in terms of that he has always stated that his Chelsea tenure will be a project for the future, the results now are hurting him. Can Chelsea afford to be patient enough to try and let Villas-Boas do his thing? Probably not, not if the huge rewards of the Champions League are missing next season. The Chelsea boss is now at the head of the Next Premier League Manager to go football betting market, trading as 2/5 favourite SkyBet. The next option back from the Chelsea manager is Blackburn's Steve Kean who is at 8/1 with William Hill, so you can tell the bookies are expecting a new manager at Stamford Bridge soon. Who will it be? Well there are two clear front runner's in the betting now, as former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez continues to court a huge amount of interest at 3/1 with BetVictor. Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho is still a very good option according to the bookies at 4/1 with Paddy Power, who really like his chances of heading back to the Bridge. Fabio Capello at 10/1 with Stan James, and Pep Guardiola at 12/1 with BetVictor are also names being linked with the vacant England job too. So with the appointment of the young, inexpereicned Andre Villas Boas such a big gamble for Chelsea this season, one which isn't paying off at the moment, how much more patient will the board be? Will Villas-Boas be out of a job if they don't turn around their Champions League tie? Will it be before then? Perhaps after their FA Cup replay at Birmingham on Tuesday, if that doesn't go well. Online bookmaker Bet356 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account, with a 100% bonus. This means that on your new Bet365 account, you can get £200 worth of free bets, as they match your initial deposit. Bet365 provide superb football bettingthrough their live in play services, and with their 0-0 Bore Draw Special, they offer some insurance as well. Place a pre match Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bet on any football match listed on the site, and if any bets in those markets lose because the game ends in a 0-0 draw, Bet365 will refund those lost stakes.

Rafa Benitez new favourite in Next Chelsea Manager Betting Market

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Are changes about to happen at Stamford Bridge, with some serious movement in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market. Rumours are that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is going to be called in to replace the failed experiment of young Portuguese manager Andre Villas Boas. There are major issues in the Chelsea mess at the moment, which has put them in danger of missing out on a qualification spot in next year’s Champions League. A 3-1 away defeat against Napoli midweek, and without a win in five EPL league matches, AVB’s tenure at Stamford Bridge is hanging by a very precarious thread. He had to answer questions about his team selection in Naples to owner Roman Abramovich, as experienced hands Frank Lampard and Michael Essien were left on the bench. Villas Boas has seemingly alienated a lot of the senior players at Stamford Bridge, while he has tried to implement his own touches, leaning towards youth. It just hasn’t happened for them this season, and now one of the deepest thinkers in soccer manager, Rafa Benitez is apparently in line to become the next Chelsea boss. The rumours have been so strong that Benitez has jumped to favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market to become 2/1 favourite at William Hill. That is a big leap for a man who has been out of work, and overlooked many times when other job openings have cropped up. But he has Premier League experience and Benitez lead a very average Liverpool squad through some successful times. The success of Benitez was just what Chelsea need at the moment, as it was build on stifling, organised and un-flamboyant play. Winning through hard work to rack up 1-0 wins was the forte, and it is the same style which brought Jose Mourinho much success as Stamford Bridge. So is Benitez the man to fix the Chelsea problems? Chelsea are bad at the back at the moment, and Benitez likes to keep things tight and efficient, so he would get Chelsea deeper and tighten them up a lot. There is also the strong connection between Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres (who has just been dropped from Spain’s squad), and so perhaps Abramovich is thinking that Benitez may just be the right man to get the best of his biggest ever investment, the fifty million pound man, Torres. While many Blues fans will be scratching their heads of an appointment of Benitez, a man who was overlooked in favour of Andre Villas-Boas in the summer, they will no doubt look to his most previous track record. After good times at Liverpool, Benitez dragged Liverpool down with an over abundance of average squad players at Anfield, and then after taking over at Champions League holders Inter Milan, subsequently didn’t even last a season there because they ended up going backwards from their success. But the rumours are growing that Roman Abramovich will turn back towards perhaps more dour tactical set ups, and give up on the supposed attacking flair that AVB was supposed to bring. Let’s not forget that Rafa Benitez is a Champions League winner, bringing a tight unit between his senior players and fringe operators. That man management is clearly something which Chelsea are lacking at the moment, but the diplomatic Benitez would probably unite the senior players like Lampard and get the best out of them until their Stamford Bridge careers come to an end. Bottom line is, is that Roman Abramovich is desperate to see his club win the Champions League, and the Blues are in danger of missing out on a place in next year’s tournament. So how much does AVB have left? It doesn’t seem like a lot really, and then that will blow Next Chelsea Manager betting wide open. Jose Mourinho’s name has been touted around as making a return to Stamford Bridge. The unsettled Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is also a likely target, but big names like this won’t be as readily available as out of work Benitez. So that in itself could be a big factor in the decision of what to do, and who to put in the Chelsea hot seat. Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds Rafa Benitez: 6/4 at SkyBet Jose Mourinho: 8/1 at SkyBet Fabio Capello: 9/1 at William Hill Pep Guardiola: 10/1 at SkyBet Marcelo Bielsa: 16/1 at Paddy Power Online bookmaker Bet356 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account, with a 100% bonus. This means that on your new Bet365 account, you can get £200 worth of free bets, as they match your initial deposit. Bet365 provide superb football betting coverage through their live in play services, and with their 0-0 Bore Draw Special, they offer some insurance as well. Place a pre match Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bet on any football match listed on the site, and if any bets in those markets lose because the game ends in a 0-0 draw, Bet365 will refund those lost stakes.

Next Permanent Chelsea Manager Betting Odds & Tips – Are AVB’s days numbered?

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The knives appear to be out for Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas after a poor run of form which has resulted in three defeats in their last four Premier League matches now. Chelsea lost their second consecutive home match on the weekend, as Liverpool snatched a late winner at Stamford Bridge and now the pressure is mounting on the young Portuguese star, which should give us a good opportunity to look at Next Chelsea manager betting. Is it premature? You just never know with owner Roman Abramovich. Will everything come to a premature end? Apparently Villas Boas believes that the Russian owner is fully behind the revolution that he is trying to build as manager at the club. Villas Boas has injected some of that attacking mindset into the club, something that Abramovich is reported to be very keen on. He was football with style at Chelsea, but naturally he wants to put more trophies in the cabinet, in particular the elusive Champions League crown. However, for all the attacking ethos that Chelsea have adopted this season, there are clearly still problems there. Only young striker Daniel Sturridge is making any impact up front, and at the back, there are holes all over the place. There have even been calls to move John Terry on, because his pace and lack of understanding of Villas Boas’ new tactics are not benefiting Chelsea in any way. The Blues have conceded in all but one two of their matches so far, a remarkable stat as their success under Jose Mourinho, and Carlo Ancelotti were based on defence. As of new, Chelsea look very open at the back. Wrong tactics, or wrong players? So is Abramovich totally committed to AVB’s new designs? The young manager purchased young players in the summer, but still has quite a bit of the old guard on the books who aren’t performing. There are a couple of things to consider in Next Chelsea Manager betting, and that is time. Villas Boas may get further backing to overhaul his squad at the end of the season, where the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, the labouring Mikel, Frank Lampard and even John Terry could be moved on to pastures new. The sale of Fernando Torres would probably also be a massive breath of fresh air for the club as well. The Blues need an overhaul at centre half, of that there is no doubt, and they are missing Michael Essien in midfield, who immediately improves the side when pulling on the shirt. One of the Andre Villas Boas betting markets at online bookmaker Paddy Power, is AVB in charge on last day of the season? A No here fetches 2/1 and a yes at 1/3 with the bookie. You will remember that even though Chelsea fell away in the Champions League and blew it big time against Manchester United in the Premier League race last season, Ancelotti was allowed to run all season before getting the boot. Chelsea made a big statement in putting such a young manager in charge, and with all his credentials from his work with Porto, he has to be given time. Just how much time though? So, there other consideration for your betting on who will be the next Chelsea manager? This is a good market to explore because of value. The speculation over AVB’s tenure in the Chelsea hot seat, has come about because Guus Hiddink has become available after leaving his post in charge of the Turkish national side. So now he becomes available, and because he did some a wonderful job with the club in a temporary role there after Jose Mourinho had left, winning the FA Cup against Everton, he is favourite to return. He has apparently always kept in touch with the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge, and is a very popular and respected figure. There hasn’t been any word from his camp though, whether he would be ready to come back to the Bridge. But he is the front runner in Chelsea Next Permanent Manager betting. Behind him is Marco Van Basten who was a contender before Andre Villas Boas got the job in the summer. Other names on the list include Jose Mourinho, which just seems totally unlikely, and Barcelona boss Pep Guardiolo, which is very interesting. There have been reports of him moving away from the Nou Camp soon. But even he seems like a stretch and the list of names appear to get just a bit more unlikely as we go down. Former Villa boss Marin O’Neill is on the list, as always, as well as Germany coach Joachim Low and Carlo Ancelotti to come back again. Truthfully if Abramovich is read to build a new generation at Stamford Bridge, he should be sticking with what he has now, Andre Villas Boas. The betting markets don’t seem to be quite as active as the rumour mill is with regards to Andre Villas Boas. So he looks a safe bet to be staying until the end of the season. How ironic it would be that, although they are sitting twelve points back in the Premier League race at the moment, if Chelsea went on to lift the Champions League at the first attempt. The pressure is on Andre Villas Boas no doubt, with a Carling Cup quarter final coming up against Liverpool, and after failures in the league against Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool. Will the Blues lift a trophy to ease the pressure? You can take Yes for 15/8 at Stan James and a No at 4/11. Next Chelsea Manager Betting Guus Hiddink: 5/4 at William Hill Marco Van Basten: 6/1 at William Hill Jose Mourinho: 7/1 at Stan James Pep Guardiola: 8/1 at William Hill Marin O’Neill: 10/1 at Stan James Joachim Low: 14/1 at Stan James Brendan Rogers, Carlo Ancelotti, Cesare Prandelli, Frank Rijkaard, Laurent Blanc, Mark Hughes all 16/1 at Stan James

Villas-Boas influences strong Chelsea bets in Premier League and Champions League

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Andre Villas-Boas looks ready to step into the void at Stamford Bridge (now trading at a done-deal price of 1/33 at Stan James), as he becomes the next man in line to try and bring the Champions League to the club. After much Next Chelsea Manager betting speculation about Guus Hiddink being ready to return to the club to take over as permanent boss, followed by former Dutch star Marco van Basten apparently on the brink of taking over, it is the Portuguese man who we have been tipping all along on these pages, looks ready to take charge. After Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on the last day of the season after finishing empty handed, Chelsea were ready to look elsewhere to keep up with Manchester United in the league. Chelsea looked a very tired, unimaginative side last year, and so a breath of fresh air was needed. Villas-Boas has quit FC Porto and that really should only mean one thing. A couple of days ago Chelsea said that they wanted a quick resolution to their managerial situation, and a new boss looks ready to step in and stamp his mark. Villas-Boas is one of the most highly regarded young bosses in the game, and led FC Porto to a treble last year, picking up the Portuguese league title without losing a game, winning the Portuguese Cup as well as beating Braga in the final of the Europa League. It is that incredible efficiency which Chelsea are going to be banking on in order to get them some silverware.

There was a release clause in the contract of Villas-Boas, which meant he was free to leave if someone offered just over £13 million to get him. Porto said that they hadn’t received such an offer, but with Villas-Boas resigning, the saga of Next Chelsea manager has pretty much been settled. Villas-Boas, the youngest ever manager to win a European title (at just 33) comes from a very good stable, having been assistant to The Special One Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, Porto and Chelsea. So there is history there between him and the London club, and while Inter Milan were very keen to get the Portuguese man, they would not stump up the money to get him. This is a different breed of manager for Chelsea, someone fresh and new, someone who has dedicated himself to the study of the science of coaching from his teenage years. This is not a footballer who has earned his stripes through playing, this is a man of science. There is an edge about Villas-Boas which should work well at Chelsea, and suddenly the successful days of the Mourinho era at Stamford Bridge will be at the front of the Stamford Bridge fans. But there will be a decisive difference between what Villas-Boas will have to offer over that which Mourinho did for the club. Mourinho was often bemoaned for being too defensive in his approach, happy to take 1-0 wins, while Villas-Boas is probably more of a risk taker, and we can expect a more attacking approach from him.

That is the thing which Chelsea have been lacking. They have not had the courage in conviction in going forward,even with the star names in their squad. That is not to say that defensive is not a big part of the Villas-Boas way, because it is. It all starts at the back and again the key word you can pick up on is efficiency. If the Porto model is anything to go by, then there is going to be a much quicker movement of the ball from the back to the front. He is a big admirer of what Pep Guardiola has done at Barcelona, and while there seems to be a strong organisation of efficiency, he seems to be able to allow individual talent to flourish. With Chelsea targeting big names such as Nilmar, Neymar and Falcao in the summer transfer market, it could be a Chelsea with a different look and feel about them, starting from the managerial position. This is a big stab in the dark from the Chelsea organisation, with owner Roman Abramovich looking to fulfil his obsession about winning the Champions League. But first he must start with the Premier League and chasing down Manchester United. That will be the first place to look at for your Chelsea betting with Andre Villas-Boas in charge. How much will his influence effect your betting options?

Well, Chelsea are at 11/4 with online bookmaker Unibet at the moment to win the 2011/12 Premier League title. That is good value because of course we don’t yet fully know what Villas-Boas will bring, in terms of tactics nor personnel. Still, he is an exciting prospect for Chelsea, a breath of fresh air for the club, and it could just be the very tonic needed for Chelsea to get back in amongst the silverware. Chelsea are 9/1 third favourites now at Victor Chandler to win the Champions League, and 6/1 at VC Bet to win the FA Cup.


Next Chelsea manager betting odds – Guus Hiddink favourite

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Since Roman Abramovich has taken charge of Chelsea, we know that the football club is very much a plaything of the Russian, who seems to have little in the way of a long-term plan when it comes to delivering success. Yes, there is some focus on the development of young players, although Carlo Ancelotti’s attempt to mix them into the fold during the early stage of the season came to nothing and Abramovich promptly went and splashed out big money on Fernando Torres and David Luiz in January. We know these were not Ancelotti signings as the Italian has just been relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge and while the media report that “Chelsea begin their search for a new manager”, it essentially falls to the club’s rich owner to decide which man to install and try to deliver instant success in the Champions League. Guus Hiddink is the favourite to become the next Blues manager with most firms – Paddy Power offer a stand-out 5/2 about the Dutchman while Victor Chandler go as short as 6/4 that the current manager of Turkey returns to the club where he spent a short spell two seasons ago, winning the FA Cup. Hiddink could just be the man to help the club to Champions League glory, something that Ancelotti, Avram Grant, Jose Mourinho, Claudio Ranieri and Luiz Felipe Scolari have all failed to achieve, while Hiddink has close ties with Abramovich after steering Russia to the semi-finals of Euro 2008. Marco Van Basten is another player in the frame, which is somewhat surprising considering his managerial experience extends only to managing the Dutch national team and later Ajax. Even so, he’s a best price 3/1 with Blue Square to be appointed and has expressed an interest in the role. A surprise name to emerge on to the shortlist is Harry Redknapp and the current Tottenham manager might feel as though he’s taken Tottenham as far as possible, especially after the club missed out on the Champions League this season. Bet365 offer 6/1 that the Spurs manager makes himself very unpopular at White Hart Lane by switching to Stamford Bridge, although we have seen him make a controversial move before. Andre Villas-Boas has been described by many as the ‘new Mourinho’ and the Portuguese is 6/1 with Blue Square to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot by switching from FC Porto to Chelsea in the summer. Villas-Boas has helped Porto to win the domestic league and Europa League this season, but the west London club would need to pay £15 million for his services. The other names on the list are Mark Hughes (14/1 Coral), Pep Guardiola (14/1 Betfred), Jose Mourinho (14/1 Paddy Power) and Frank Rijkaard (20/1 Paddy Power). If Abramovich doesn’t manage to secure Hiddink’s signature, he will instead want someone who can be controlled and that counts Mourinho out.

Who will be next Chelsea manager betting odds?

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Speculation continues to mount over the future of Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, so it is time to look at the Next Chelsea Manager betting odds at the bookies. After seeing his side fail to put up any kind of fight at Old Trafford in the big Premier League title showdown, and after failing again in the Champions League, Ancelotti and Chelsea will finish empty handed this season. There’s not even an FA Cup or Carling Cup to cushion the blow of missing out on the big titles. Italian Carlo Ancelotti does actually have another year on his contract with the club, but he just couldn’t replicate the success of his double winning first season in charge. It was a lot to live up to, and a poor run of form either side of the new year, plus a big money signing on Fernando Torres not paying dividends, Chelsea have fallen short of their standards. There are rumours of personnel changes in the team over the summer as the London club look to land that elusive Champions League title. But will Carlo Ancelotti be in charge for that? According to rumours circling around, the club want Guus Hiddink to come back to the Bridge and take over. The affable and much revered Hiddink took temporary control of the club in 2009 and landed the FA Cup for Chelsea. He was a hugely popular figure with the players and did a very solid job. Players, including club captain John Terry wanted Hiddink to stay on, but the Dutchman honoured his agreement to a role with the Russian national side. Had an opportunity but turned down the job before, but looks to be the front runner at the moment Next Chelsea boss betting odds. Hiddink is trading at 4/1 with Bet365. Good integrity in the man, which may prevent him taking the job at Stamford Bridge in order to concentrate on his job with the Turkish national side.

Other names are being bandied around the Chelsea rumour mill in next Chelsea manager betting odds, in case Carlo Ancelotti is to get the push at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho (7/2 at Bet365) has expressed an interest to get back to the Premier League, but after leaving on acrimonious terms, he’s unlikely to return. However, he is the outright favourite in Chelsea manager betting. Others like Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola (8/1 at Bet365) and Harry Redknapp (6/1 at Bet365) are trading well with the bookmakers. However, there are a couple of names which should take some further and deeper consideration. Andre Villas-Boas is a young Portuguese manager who learnt his trade under Jose Mourinho, and therefore already has ties with Chelsea. Villas-Boas would be the brave, adventurous choice by Chelsea, if they really wanted to shake things up and try a different direction. Really would consider a bet on him on next Chelsea manager betting, as he is reasonably priced at 5/1 with SkyBet. The other name is Louis van Gaal, the much respected former Bayern Munich manager, who got the Germans to the final of last year’s Champions League. He really would make for a good fit at the club, as managers don’t really come much more savvy and tactically sound than Van Gaal. He would definitely solve the problem of fitting Torres in, as he has a reputation of building formations around players, not the other way around.


Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds

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Chelsea manager betting is hotting up after Chelsea blew their final chance of silverware in the Champions League. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti looks to have bought himself some time, as he team rallied from a 1-0 deficit at West Brom, to take the three points with a 3-0 win. The Blues looked to have shaken off their Champions League woes, as they exited in a limp fashion against Manchester United, without really ever raising their game and looking competitive. The poor form of £50 million striker Fernando Torres has not helped them in any way shape or form, and Ancelotti was criticised for starting the Spaniard in the second leg against United, instead of Didier Drogba. Torres was resigned to the bench for Chelsea’s trip to West Brom, and almost broke his goal scoring duck for his new club when he came on with ten minutes to go, only a debatable off side call denying him. That victory leaves Chelsea just six games on the season now, and it is a season which end trophy-less for them. It has been quite a harsh fall for Ancelotti, who won a manager of the month award at the start of the new season, and was riding high on the success of doing the domestic double last season. It’s all come unravelled a bit, with Chelsea going through a terrible, and uncharacteristic slump either side of the turn of the new year, and their players simply not performing. Fingers have been pointed at Chelsea’s aging side, with the likes of Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard not getting any younger, and with the Champions League evading them yet again, owner Roman Abramovich may just have had enough. The speculation about Ancelotti’s future is mounting, and the Chelsea manager betting list is growing, with the Italian himself saying that he would no problem if he were to fired, because he hasn’t won anything this year. Ancelotti’s record in management is still very impressive, but with the Chelsea strikers not clicking, and a £50 million striker not scoring, Chelsea could see sweeping changes in the summer, not only of players like Drogba potentially leaving, but of course, Ancelotti himself.

So, on to the fun rumours of who the next Chelsea boss may possibly be, and here we will take a look at Next Chelsea manager odds. There are two wild card entrants which have been reported. John Terry has stated that he would love to become Chelsea manager, and a selection would not get any more popular than that. Having never managed before would probably count him out, and it is something more likely he would do when he retires than right now. The other is that Abramovich would take over things himself. He is reportedly getting more and more hands on at the club. Would he take the reins fully of his toy? No. Seriously? Avram Grant is speculated to be heading back to the bridge to become director of football in the summer, so who would be the ideal man to replace Ancelotti, should the Italian get the boot? Let’s weigh up the next Chelsea manager odds for the list of main candidates.

Guus Hiddink: 7/2 at Bet365

Outright favourite because he is so highly regarded, and did so well fitting in when he took over Chelsea on an interim basis in 2009. Has bags of international managerial experience, currently at the helm of Turkey. After winning the FA Cup for Chelsea in his short stint, you could tell the players really respected the man. Really is the front runner, but has not been a man to walk away from jobs. The likes of Chelsea captain John Terry wanted him to stay on, but he held up his agreement with his job with the Russian national side instead. Good value for the next Chelsea manager betting, but has refused the job before.

Jose Mourinho: 7/2 at Bet365

The Special One has hinted that he would love another crack at the Premier League. The Real Madrid boss is a proven winner and saw Chelsea through their most successful period. There is no doubt that Chelsea fans would want to see him back at the club. He made Chelsea the power that they were (up until this season) and would dearly love to have him back to recreate his successes. Don’t see him re-treading old ground though, and with the alleged bitterness surrounding his departure with Abramovic, probably won’t be back at the Bridge.

Marco Van Basten: 11/1 at Victor Chandler

Interesting name which keeps cropping up. Really doesn’t seem to be a name which jumps off the page at you. Has been out of work since 2009, and has an agreement that will see him manager of Sporting CP in 2011 (given that Bruno de Carvalho wins presidency elections at the club). Unlikely. Chelsea need a proven manager for their obsession with the Champions League, Van Basten does not fit the bill for your next Chelsea manager betting odds.

Pep Guardiola: 11/1 at Victor Chandler

Seriously? Not going to leave Barcelona to try and revive a slumping Chelsea squad.

Andre Villas Boas: 10/1 at Bet365

Very interesting name to be floating around. The Portugeuse manager of Porto is just 33 years old and just finding his way in the world of club management. He 30 games of boss of Academica in Portugal before moving to Port. He won the league for them at the first attempt and in convincing fashion. Exciting, full of promise and potential. Could bring something different to Chelsea, a breath of fresh air at the club. Was Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Chelsea and at Inter Milan, so has learned from the best. Best outside shot for your Chelsea manager betting.

Didier Deschamps: 10/1 at Bet365

Has done a wonderful job at Marseille which requires respect. The former Chelsea man would be welcome back at the Bridge, and showed his credentials when his Marseille side made Man Utd work so hard in the Champions League. Would be a popular, but unlikely move.

Frank Rijkaard: 10/1 at Bet365

Would certainly bring a bit of attacking flair to Chelsea, and they need to get something more out of their attack. Wouldn’t have any trouble managing big star names following his stint at Barcelona. Was hired at Galatassary but didn’t last long there.

Louis van Gaal: 16/1 at Bet365

Our tip in the next Chelsea manager betting markets. He has shown before that he simply works with what is in front of him, and builds formations around players, and doesn’t try and squeeze players into formations. Recently fired from Bayern Munich, where he gained so much respect for taking them to the Champions League final last year, and for their achievements in the Bundesliga. Would be a perfect fit, translating the best of the powerful and pacy German game into the English Premier League. Fell out with Bayern for sticking to his guns about a deal for keeper Manuel Neuer.

Marcelo Lippi: 18/1 at Bet365

Another Italian? Out of a job and could be ready to step in. Proven International manager, and builds unity in teams. Lippi has never worked outside of Italy interestingly. Has the experience of building good teams, but it wouldn’t be a dynamic move by Chelsea.

Rafael Benitez: 20/1 at Bet365

Chelsea fans will be hoping for one word when they hear this name being bandied around. That is “No.” Dragged Liverpool down with poor squad transfer options (although got the best out of Torres), but having only won less than half of 25 matches in charge of Inter Milan, he didn’t last long there. Would not be a popular choice.