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Mancini, Hughes and Scolari favourite for Chelsea manager job

Mancini, Hughes and Scolari favourite for Chelsea manager job Roberto Mancini, Mark Hughes and Phil Scolari are the top three favourites to take the vacant Chelsea manager job, according to media reports and odds, as well. Chelsea sacked manager Avram Grant just four days ago, after just eight months in charge and the replacement rumours are circulating in the press, Mancini, Hughes and Scolari being the three names mentioned most. According to reports, Roberto Mancini was sacked by Inter yesterday, after a short meeting with club president Massimo Moratti, although no official announcement has come out of the Italian club yet. Roberto Mancini, however, is the favourite to take Grant's job at Chelsea, according to the British online bookmaker Bet 365, who has listed Mancini with odds 11/8 to be the Blues next manager.

 Blackburn manager Mark Hughes comes second at 7/2 with the bookie to be the next Chelsea manager. Earlier this year, the former Chelsea striker was one of the front-runners to succeed Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager before Kevin Keegan took the job. And Portugal manager Phil Scolari is at 5/1 to be offered the job, although he is also reportedly wanted by Manchester City to replace Eriksson. According to experts, Guus Hiddink (odds 6/1), Frank Rijkaard (9/1) and Sven Goran-Eriksson (11/1) are not major contenders to replace Avram Grant.

 Published on 05/28/2008

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