Chelsea next manager: Seven managers Chelsea could appoint if they sack Maurizio Sarri

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Sarri’s future is back under the microscope at Chelsea after a 2-0 defeat to Everton with fans keen to see the back of him.

The Italian has failed to convince supporters of his methods and the ‘Sarri-ball’ approach has come unstuck.

The Blues are now losing the battle for a top four spot and have slipped three points behind fourth place Arsenal and a point behind Manchester United.

Chelsea are currently considering their options and could pull the trigger on Sarri during the international break but who could replace him if they do?

Who could replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea?

Steve Holland

Steve Holland is one of the names in the frame should Sarri get the boot despite having no managerial pedigree.

The England coach is a popular figure at Stamford Bridge though and has already taken charge as a caretaker on two occasions and has worked as assistant manager under the likes of Andre Villas Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte.

Holland is currently working in Gareth Southgate’s England set up so a battle with the FA could be on the horizon.

Holland was linked with the job before Chelsea found out they will not be given a reprieve on their transfer ban partly due to his history with young players.

But the job would be a tough one in the current circumstances – although Holland would be a relatively cheap option.

Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc has remained out of work since leaving PSG in 2016 but has been linked with Manchester United and is among the contenders to get the Chelsea job if Sarri does leave.

Blanc has only managed Bordeaux, France and PSG, winning Ligue 1 four times but struggling in Europe.

He is unlikely to excite Chelsea fans too much but has a wealth of experience from his playing days after stints at Napoli, Barcelona, Marseille, Inter Milan and Manchester United.

He played 97 times for France, winning the World Cup in 1998.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves are flying under Nuno Espirito Santo and other teams are taking notice.

The Portuguese will be in high demand over the summer and Express Sport reported earlier this month that he was on Chelsea’s radar.

Wolves picked up another impressive win on Saturday – this time against Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Nuno links with Jorge Mendes at Wolves may complicate matters but he is likely to be an option should Sarri go.

Jose Mourinho

Could Jose Mourinho go back – again? It would be hugely unlikely for Chelsea to employ Mourinho for a third time given how acrimonious the end was.

Mourinho was involved in a legal dispute with former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro and the fans are unlikely to want him back.

Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone is a name that always pops up when there are big vacancies in England after his work at Atletico Madrid.

Simeone has now spent eight years at the club and signed a new contract in February to keep him tied until 2022 so he may be the most expensive option on the list should Chelsea pursue him.

John Terry

John Terry will manage Chelsea one day, but could that day be soon?

Terry is assistant boss at Aston Villa at the moment but is a regular in Cobham at the Chelsea training ground as he learns his trade.

It would be a maverick move right now but Terry could be installed as Chelsea boss on an interim deal.

Max Allegri

Max Allegri would be a blockbuster appointment – but would they really go for a third Italian on the spin if things don’t work for Sarri.

Allegri would follow Sarri and Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

He would be tough to convince if Chelsea do not make the top four and certainly wouldn’t be available until the summer with Juve battling to win the Champions League.

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