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Chelsea look for a new manager after Grant is sacked

Following months of speculation about his future Avram Grant was finally sacked by Chelsea on Saturday. The Israeli coach's failure to win a trophy with the Blues this season has seen him handed his P45 as well as a £5.2m pay-off. The move came on the day that the reticent former Chelsea boss José Mourinho generously dubbed Grant 'a loser'.

Roman Abramovich has already started the search for the new Chelsea manager. It seems that the Russian mogul will no longer be content to see his team grind out wins like DJ Reggaeton on Viagra, instead he wants a team that plays exciting and entertaining football.

There has been news of a rapprochement between Abramovich and Mourinho, with the Russian recently presenting the former Chelsea boss with a £250,000 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, but the Portuguese looks set to take over from Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.

So far there seem to be six names on the Chelsea shortlist: Guus Hiddink, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Roberto Mancini, Frank Rijkaard, Mark Hughes and Marcello Lippi. Current Russian boss Hiddink is the favourite to succeed Grant. The two men already have a good working relationship and the Dutchman has an impressive CV at both club and international level.

But Sven-Goran Eriksson's name keeps popping up too. Despite a relatively positive season at Manchester City, the Swede is facing the chop and was also had talks with Roman Abramovich about taking over the Chelsea job when he was managing England. Hiddink still seems like the most candidate but Sven's reputation in England has risen like a phoenix from the ashes ever since Steve Mc Laren's catastrophic tenure of England and the Swede's work at Manchester City.

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