An early insight into the leading contenders to replace Graham Potter in the dugout at Premier League giants Chelsea has come to the fore late on Sunday evening.
For those not aware, the news which Blues supporters the world over had long been calling for was finally made official a short time ago.
This came in the form of confirmation that head coach Graham Potter has been sent on his way with immediate effect.
In a statement across the club’s website and social media platforms, Chelsea announced that:
‘Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition. In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid. Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.’
So, what next at Stamford Bridge?
It has since been announced that Bruno Saltor has been appointed Chelsea’s interim manager for the remainder of the term.
In the summer, though, the widespread expectation is that a new long-term appointment will be forthcoming in west London.
And, below, you can see the five early frontrunners for the job, as per odds provided by bookmakers Betfair:
- Julian Nagelsmann 10/11
- Mauricio Pochettino 7/2
- Zinedine Zidane 6/1
- Pep Guardiola 17/2
- Oliver Glasner 10/1
Runaway leading candidate Julian Nagelsmann, meanwhile, is understood to be keen to test his managerial talents in England, with the Chelsea post of particular interest.
As per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella, though, official contact between the two parties is yet to be initiated, with it ‘not clear whether he will want a proper break before considering offers’.