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Next Chelsea manager: Hunt takes major Jose Mourinho twist as massive shock return hint dropped

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino
-Credit: (Image: Matthew Peters)


Chelsea icon Jose Mourinho has emerged as one of the favourites to replace Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports. Pochettino left the club on Tuesday evening after less than one year in charge.

football.london understands Kieran McKenna, Enzo Maresca and Sebastian Hoeness have all been included on the club's shortlist of candidates to replace Pochettino.

Over the last few days, many twists and turns have unfolded with the latest report suggesting that the Blues had requested to talk to Leicester City for Maresca. However, according to the Evening Standard, Mourinho's emergence is the latest twist in the race to take over at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese is currently available after being sacked by AS Roma. After previously spending two spells in charge of Chelsea the special one had been an outsider for the role earlier this week, but he is now viewed as one of the favourites.

bet365's Steve Freeth has explained how the Portuguese has seen an intake of bets on the next manager. Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: "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 into 2/1 favourite."

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Now (at 2.30pm), Mourinho is the second favourite to become the new head coach at 5/2. Maresca is the slight favourite at 7/4 with Ruben Amorim backed at 7/2 by bet365.