With Pep Guardiola off to Munich, Jose Mourinho is the favourite to take over from Rafa Benitez in the summer, but there is plenty of talent in the top English leagues that Chelsea could consider.
The Swansea manager has made a flying start to his career in English football, building on the work done by his predecessors at the Liberty to take his side into the top half of the table and on the brink of a Capital One Cup final. Laudrup's work in the summer transfer window demonstrates his eye for talent, and his knowledge of European football is based on many years of experience. The Dane prefers an attractive passing style of football that Chelsea have players well suited to, and given his renowned self-belief, would certainly not be overawed by the job.
Having successfully steered Everton through some tricky spells in the last decade, perhaps David Moyes would be keen to stay now they have assembled a side capable of regularly challenging for the top four, but given the financial restrictions that remain at Goodison Park, it would be tricky for the Scot to turn down Chelsea if they came calling. Moyes has been one of the best managers in the league for a long time, and it's surely only a matter of time before one of the giants of the league try and tempt him away from Everton.
Well regarded at Chelsea after his long spell coaching at Stamford Bridge, Clarke has taken an impressive first step in management this season at West Brom. It is early days in his career in the top job, but there has been plenty of encouraging signs about Clarke's potential to be an excellent manager, and his fine relationship with the Chelsea fans stands in stark contrast to the current boss at the Blues.
The Uruguayan is another man with a happy history at Stamford Bridge, and the job he has done in managing Brighton has marked him out as one of the most promising young coaches in the Championship. Whether he is ready for a job as big as the one at Chelsea is hard to predict, but it's surely only a matter of time before we see Poyet in charge of a Premiership side.
This might be one for the romantics, Zola's spell at West Ham did little to establish his Premier League management credentials, but there would be few men more welcome at Stamford Bridge than the diminutive Italian. You wouldn't bet against Zola ending up in charge at Chelsea at some stage, but this summer will probably be too soon.
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