Mark Hughes and Didier Deschamps are among the contenders to be the next Chelsea manager, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Chelsea, who face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, currently have Guus Hiddink in charge, but Roman Abramovich is said to be ‘determined to appoint a new boss who can offer a long-term strategy’, likely ruling the 69-year-old out of the running for the permanent position at Stamford Bridge.
Deschamps, 47, and Hughes, 52, are apparently on a shortlist being drawn drawn up by Abramovich, with help from his closest aide Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo.
Deschamps, who spent a year at Chelsea as a player in 1999-2000, has built an excellent reputation as a manager having led Monaco to the French title in his first season in charge before leading Juventus to promotion from Serie B and then winning Ligue 1 again in 2010, this time with Marseille.
He has managed the France national team since 2012 and will lead the host nation at Euro 2016 this summer, but his contract expires after the tournament.
Hughes, meanwhile, also played for Chelsea and has impressed in charge of Stoke City, transforming their playing style and guiding the club to successive ninth-placed finishes in the Premier League with record points tallies.
They are ninth again following a 3-0 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday but are also in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and fourth round of the FA Cup, with Hughes’ reputation now fully repaired following his spell at QPR.