Chelsea have been linked with another manager over the past weekend and it is a name that would surprise most, with reports stating that Brendan Rodgers is the latest man to be considered.
The Celtic boss has a history at Stamford Bridge, having worked for the club’s academy making a name for himself. The Northern Irishman has impressed during his time with the Hoops, having led them to an unbeaten domestic treble last season and looks to replicate those successes once again, albeit with a couple of defeats.
Rodgers worked with Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese’s first spell with the club, having overseen the academy group before being made the head coach of the reserves. The job he had done with the developmental side helped him gain his first job in management with Swansea City before he moved to Liverpool, which did not turn out to be successful.
However, Rodgers is known to the Chelsea hierarchy and those involved in the decision-making are ready to consider bringing him back as they believe he has learnt a lot with Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
Four men in the running
The odds appear to be stacked against Antonio Conte staying at the club for a third term and Rodgers is not the only manager in the running to replace the Italian. The Blues are also thought to be considering Luis Enrique, Maurizio Sarri and Massimiliano Allegri.
The former Barcelona boss is currently out of work and is widely considered one of the favourites to take over in the summer, while Sarri and Allegri continue to impress those outside of the Serie A with the way they’ve handled Napoli and Juventus, respectively.
The attempts to bring in a new coach to Stamford Bridge could be a daunting task for the Chelsea chiefs: without Champions League football and a team that has collapsed during 2018, it could be difficult to convince a man with their talents to come to West London.