Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino thinks there is “one obvious candidate for the Stamford Bridge hot-seat”- Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.
The Blues, who have lost nine out of their 16 Premier League fixtures and have slipped to 16th place in the Premier League table parted company with Jose Mourinho on Thursday afternoon.
And Guus Hiddink has immediately been heavily linked with the job until the end of the season, but Cascarino sees Palace boss Pardew as the ideal option to take over long-term.
Pardew, who has been touted as a future England coach, has guided the Eagles to sixth place.
“There is one obvious candidate to be the new Chelsea manager and that is Alan Pardew,” Cascarino told The Times.
“He is ready for the step up to join a team in the Champions League.
“He has the ability, the ego and the bravery. Pardew can handle any owner, even one as demanding as Roman Abramovich.
“After all, Pardew survived four years at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley and that was remarkable in itself.”