Jose Mourinho will be sacked if Chelsea lose to Liverpool last weekend, while Tim Sherwood is being lined up by Swindon after being axed by Aston Villa.
MOURINHO FIGHTING FOR CHELSEA FUTURE
According to several of Monday’s newspapers, Jose Mourinho will be sacked as Chelsea manager if the Blues are beaten in their next Premier League game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge next weekend.
Just three weeks after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich publicly backed Mourinho, the club’s hierarchy have already discussed the issue of a severance package for Mourinho after he was sent to the stands on yet another bad day for the club at West Ham on Saturday.
If Mourinho cannot turn things around, Abramovich will be encouraged to try for a second time to convince Pep Guardiola to take over at Stamford Bridge, acccording to the Daily Telegraph.
Intermediaries, working independently and not at the request of Abramovich or Chelsea, are already said to be attempting to maintain whether Guardiola would be interested in taking the job when his contract at Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
If Abramovich is forced to take action before then, Guus Hiddink could be a realistic option to reprise the interim role he occupied at Chelsea in 2009 when the Blues won the FA Cup.
ZOLA WANTS TERRY REUNION
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, now manager of Qatari club Al-Arabi, is to offer John Terry a lucrative move to the Middle East in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 35-year-old is out of contract and sweating on his future at Stamford Bridge following the Blues’ apalling start to the Premier League season, but Fenerbahce and clubs in China are also interested in the former England captain.
However, intermediaries have already sounded out Terry’s representatives about a reunion with Zola in Qatar.
VILLA IN TALKS WITH GARDE
Aston Villa are in talks to appoint Remi Garde after sacking Tim Sherwood, but David Moyes is also in the frame, according to Monday’s newspapers.
It has been suggested in France that Villa chief executive Tom Fox has spoken to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger about the former Gunners midfielder’s credentials, but the Midlanders are apparently keen to stress that other names are under consideration.
As well as Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Nigel Pearson are also likely to be in contention, but The Guardian says Rodgers is keen to take a break from football after being sacked by Liverpool.
Sherwood, meanwhile, is due around £2million in compensation from Villa, according to the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Express says Swindon chairman Lee Power, a close friend of Sherwood’s, is ready to appoint thim at the County Ground.