Deschamps claims he is on the short-list for the Chelsea job

Former Chelsea player Didier Deschamps has claimed that his name is on the short-list to succeed Avram Grant as Chelsea. Speaking to French radio yesterday, the 1998 World Cup winning captain said that he would find it hard to turn down the chance to manage the club where he won the FA Cup in 2000.

Deschamps statement comes after Guus Hiddink, Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho have all played down speculation linking them with the vacant managerial position at Chelsea. The former French international has a respectable CV, he took Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final and last year led Juventus back into Serie A.

It seems that different factions within Chelsea are touting specific candidates for the manager's job. The Guardian reports that Frank Arnesen is backing the former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkard, while the club's chief executive Peter Kenyon wants a young English-based candidate, with Mark Hughes and Roy Keane both being mentioned.

The list of possible candidates for the Chelsea bench is growing everyday with Luiz Felipe Scolari's name also being added to the pot. So it looks as if this story is going to run all summer keeping sports editors and bookies happy for the next few months.

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