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Roberto De Zerbi ruled out as Chelsea officially begins managerial search

Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have been mentioned as probably key candidates for the vacancy at Stamford Bridge as the Blues look to take their time in appointing the right man for the job at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea has begun their managerial search in earnest after parting ways with former Brighton boss Graham Potter, with the Premier League giants having drawn up a shortlist of names that many would have expected to be included.

Per reports earlier in the Telegraph covered by our own Ben Browning, the Blues are set to give serious consideration to a number of candidates that will include Julian Nagelsman and Luis Enrique as mentioned by The Athletics David Ornstein during pre-match coverage of Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

One name that has not been included, however, is highly-touted Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, with Ornstein mentioning that the 43-year-old Italian ‘did not fit the profile’ the club was looking for.

Both Nagelsmann and Enrique are available at the time of writing, with the young German tactician relieved of his duties with German juggernaut Bayern Munich, and Enrique out of a job since ending his second tenure in charge of the Spanish national team.

Ornstein’s live update hinted at the Blues taking their time to appoint the next man in charge, which could well mean that the club remains without a new man at the helm until the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino is also said to be one of the names to be contacted, but a number of other vacancies across Europe will see Chelsea trying to steal a march on the likes of Tottenham, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain during their ‘exhaustive’ look with the aims of making a ‘quality’ decision rather than a timely one.

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Andrew Thompson

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