5 potential replacements for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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Jul 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers prior to a match against Olympiacos at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /

Brendan Rodgers

Perhaps I should pause a moment to let Chelsea fans take a deep breath and Liverpool fans cease their laughter. Now then, this idea isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem upon first hearing it.

Chelsea is used to having a manager, in Mourinho, that brings with him a strong opinion of himself and his system. Can you think of any manager with legitimate Premier League experience that fits that description more than Brendan Rodgers? I certainly can’t.

In all honesty he didn’t do a bad job at Liverpool either. He was one Steven Gerrard slip away from winning the league when he had Luis Suarez leading the line. Think about that for a moment. He almost won the league with Liverpool before he was forced to sell his talisman. He’d inherit a Chelsea squad with more talent than he ever had at Liverpool and of course, he’d never be forced to sell anyone at Stamford Bridge that he didn’t want to lose. It’s really not that unbelievable that he could fashion the Blues into a Premier League winning side.

Still, it’s fair to say that Rodgers wouldn’t be an overly inspiring selection for Chelsea fans or their players. He would, however be a safe choice. He’s a manager that knows the Premier League really well and could certainly bring Chelsea back to respectability. When you’re closer to the relegation zone than Champions League qualification that’s an important ability.

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