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All the clues as Chelsea consider 'mystery manager' to replace Mauricio Pochettino

Ex-Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino shakes hands with Roberto De Zerbi
-Credit: (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)


Chelsea's search to replace Mauricio Pochettino has heated up after reports that a 'mystery manager' is in the running.

Speculation concerning the future of Pochettino had rumbled on throughout the campaign but after seven Premier League victories in his last ten matches, there was a feeling the Argentine had done enough to keep his job. However, following an end-of-season review, the Chelsea board and Pochettino mutually agreed to part ways.

football.london understands three names are in the running to take on the job at Stamford Bridge - Ipswich Town's Kieran McKenna, Leicester City's Enzo Maresca and Stuttgart's Sebastian Hoeness. However, Sky Sports News have reported that a 'mystery man' is also under consideration.

But who could this unknown person be? We have taken a look at all the clues and have narrowed it down to one of three men.

Roberto De Zerbi

The ex-Brighton manager has been listed among the names of possible managers in contention for the job having left the South Coast club last week. At the time, De Zerbi insisted that no offers had been made to him regarding future roles.

The Telegraph claims De Zerbi has not been ruled out by Chelsea to become their new manager and would cost £5m if he wants to make the move. He also has a good working relationship with the club's new director of global recruitment Sam Jewell who arrived from Brighton earlier this month.

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However, they have stressed there is no information to certify whether De Zerbi is or isn't the mystery man who has been referred to. Plus, De Zerbi was named as a potential candidate by Sky which suggests he probably is not the unknown person.

Jose Mourinho

This is perhaps out of left field but there have been some intriguing movements in the betting market on Friday which suggest Mourinho could be in the running. In bet365's market, Mourinho's odds have tumbled dramatically.

Steve Freeth told the Evening Standard: "From 10.15 until 10.50 this morning, every single bet we took on the next Chelsea manager was on Jose Mourinho, which goes against the grain of the reports of Chelsea wanting a young and dynamic manager. In that time his odds plummeted from 40/1 to 2/1 favourite."

At the time of writing, Maresca is the favourite with Mourinho priced at 5/2.

Ruben Amorim

Perhaps the most likely person to be the mystery manager is the current Sporting Lisbon boss. Like Mourinho, his odds have been slashed dramatically on Friday seemingly out of nowhere and he is 7/2 at the time of writing to be named the next Chelsea boss.

But why would he not be named? Well, his Sporting side faces Porto in the Taca de Portugal final this Sunday and it is unlikely Amorim would want his name published in connection with the Chelsea job as an added distraction.

He has also already admitted, and apologised to Sporting's fans after he spoke to West Ham United about replacing David Moyes. Amorim said it was not the right time to be meeting with other clubs so if he is in the running for the Chelsea position, the Portuguese is likely to have wanted it kept under wraps.