Guus Hiddink leads the race to be the next man in charge of English Premier League soccer team Chelsea after the London side sensationally fired Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe ‘Big Phil’ Scolari yesterday afternoon.
Dutchman Hiddink is currently in charge of the Russian national team but online bookmaker SkyBet.com is offering him at odds of only 1/2 followed by the slightly longer 3/1 at Betfair.com.
Scolari was sacked for allegedly losing the confidence of senior players during a recent run of indifferent results that included a home draw against newly promoted Hull City. Chelsea is currently fourth in the table behind Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United and looks unlikely to challenge for the domestic title, although it is still in the Champions League.
Former manager Avram Grant, who was sacked to make way for Scolari, is listed at odds of 9/2 with SkyBet.com to be the next Chelsea boss followed by former Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini and previous Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard at 8/1.
Current West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola, a legendary figure at Chelsea after his 229 games as a player for the team, is also listed at odds of 8/1 with SkyBet.com while current interim boss Ray Wilkins is 20/1, which is slightly shorter than Mourinho at 16/1.
Yesterday also saw fellow Premiership team Portsmouth confirm that it had fired manager Tony Adams after only 22 games in charge.
Former Chelsea man Grant is again a favourite for this job and is being listed at odds of 45/23 by Betfair.com and 31/16 by BetDaq.com. Other potential candidates include former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley at 15/5 with Betfair.com followed by current Mexico national team manager Sven Goran Eriksson at 19/2.