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Brendan Rodgers linked with replacing Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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Rodgers to Chelsea?
Rodgers to Chelsea?

As Jose Mourinho comes under increasing pressure at Chelsea former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is now being linked with taking his place at Stamford Bridge.

Today's Belfast Telegraph says that Rodgers has moved from outsider to one of the favourites if Roman Abramovich decides to give his Portuguese manager the push.

Rodgers himself was dismissed by Liverpool just a few short weeks ago and while he has been linked with the vacant Aston Villa job, a return to Chelsea where he was a youth team coach and a reserve team maanger from 2004 to 2008 would surely hold a lot of appeal.

The report suggests that Rodgers would only be offered the role of interim manager while Chelsea wait for No 1 target Diego Simeone to finish his contract with Atletico Madrid in the summer.

Chelsea have had great success with interim managers over the years, from Roberto Di Matteo, who won the Champions League in 2012, to Rafa Benitez, who won the Europa League the following season.

Mourinho is odds on with most bookies to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job and a defeat to Rodgers' old side Liverpool on Saturday could be the nail in his coffin.