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Michael Taylor 9th Feb 2009 - 16:50

Scolari sacked

Phil Scolari has been sacked as Chelsea manager following a run of poor form that has seen the early season Premier League favourites fall behind both Manchester United and Liverpool in the title race.

Scolari's appointment was initially seen as a massive coup for Roman Abramovich, as the 2002 World Cup manager was expected to remedy Chelsea's defensive image - a job in which he looked to accomplish before things soon turned sour.

But as soon as one thing went wrong at Stamford Bridge, more quickly followed; including a shocking loss of home form, an inability to create chances and a number of embarrassing performances against some of the league's smallest clubs.

And true to form it was the final 0-0 draw at home to Hull City that ultimately drew the curtain down on Scolari's miserable rein.

His departure now leaves Abramovich and the Chelsea board with a huge void to fill for the second successive season and the search is likely to start immediately with a number of big names having already been linked.

The initial rumour indicated a sensational swoop may be on the cards with Avram Grant being primed to step in and take the reins again.

The former Israel manager had been replaced by Scolari at the end of last season but he would no doubt welcome a return to the place he called home for eight months.

Grant's biggest problem is that he was not a liked character amongst Chelsea's expectant fans and, despite taking them to within one kick of Champions League glory, it could be seen as a big step backwards - we have made Grant 6/1 to reclaim the position.

However, a more likely move could be bringing in Guus Hiddink with Grant taking a role alongside the Dutchman as Director of Football and this could carry much credence.

The Russia boss has been admired for a number of years by Abramovich and was even mentioned as a possible successor to both Mourinho and Grant only to reject any approaches in favour of remaining in his current role.

The question now has to be whether Hiddink is ready to take on one of the most difficult jobs in world football - at 6/4 we think he may be!

Second in the betting is former Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola at 5/1 who has been making a real name for himself this season at West Ham.

Zola is a legend at the Bridge was once voted Chelsea's best ever player by the fans, and if he was to come he would instantly become a crowd favourite...but is he ready to make the step-up to the very top level?

Other names that have been linked are Frank Rijkaard (9/2), Sven Goran Eriksson (9/1), and Dick Advocaat (12/1), all of whom have managed at the highest level but are not necessarily people that would excite the fans.

Finally, we have priced 'The Special One' Jose Mourinho at 8/1, but while he brought Chelsea glory like they had never seen, surely there is no way he would leave Inter Milan and be reunited with Roman.

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