Surprise name linked with Chelsea caretaker manager role
Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is being linked with a role as Chelsea caretaker manager, if the Stamford Bridge club decides to sack beleaguered boss Jose Mourinho.
Reports suggest Chelsea's hierarchy are holding a meeting today to discuss Mourinho's future, with the club likely to appoint a temporary manager until the end of this season if they make the change now.
Sacking Mourinho will cost up to £40m, but the scale of the crisis gripping the club appears to have forced owner Roman Abramovich to convene his senior advisers to consider where to turn next.
Chelsea's defeat at Leicester on Monday was their NINTH in 16 Premier League games this season, with the club sitting precariously just one point above the relegation zone.
Mourinho's clashes with staff, players and match officials has eroded the confidence that saw the club hand him a four-year contract in August and a caretaker manager may not be installed in a bid to halt the slide.
Ramos is a surprise name to take over from Mourinho, as reported by The Times, but he did perform a similar role when he served as caretaker manager at Real Madrid in the second half of the 2008-09 season.
The Spanish tactician could be a calming presence in a Chelsea dressing room that has been in turmoil in recent months, with the coach who led Tottenham to the 2008 League Cup not able to sustain his success as he was sacked by the North London club later that year.
Avram Grant has also been mentioned as a possible caretaker manager once more, after he filled that role for Chelsea when Mourinho left the club first time around in 2007.
Chelsea have offered no comment on the rumours that Mourinho is about to be replaced.