Jamie Redknapp backs Pochettino, Koeman and Howe for the Chelsea job

Jamie Redknapp

The Sky Sports pundit believes the Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Bournemouth men deserve a chance.

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho finally parted ways yesterday after days of speculation. It came after a long period of poor results for the Portuguese manager who had struggled to get the best out of the team for some time and is now set to spend the Christmas well compensated but unemployed.

Now the attention turns to who will replace him.

The immediate name to take an interim position has been Guus Hiddink. A former Chelsea boss the Dutchman is out of work after a poor stint in charge of the Dutch national team.

Then come the big hitters. The likes of Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers are all being linked with the job in the direct aftermath.

But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has suggested three more off-the-cuff potential replacements. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, his Southampton successor Ronald Koeman and Bournemouth hero Eddie Howe.

He told the Daily Mail:

"Diego Simeone is in the Jose mould and I'm sure the fans would love him but they don't have to look abroad. Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman would be on my radar and maybe even Eddie Howe in the long term."

Pochettino has worked wonders at Southampton and is now impressing in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. His suggestion is not entirely far-fetched but he certainly lacks the prestige needed to get the Chelsea job.

Koeman has done well with Southampton but this season has proven a struggle.

As for Bournemouth manager Howe, that is the biggest howitzer of all.

The work he has done at Bournemouth cannot be overlooked but it must be also said that managing Bournemouth is a long way off of the same job at Stamford Bridge.

Redknapp is most likely speaking from preference rather than opinion and the three names he mentions likely have zero chance of getting the Chelsea job.

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