Jose Mourinho blows away four options to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea | Football | Sport

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And in a poll of Express readers, the 61-year-old sits heads and shoulders above the other four men perceived to be leading candidates to takeover if Pochettino is sacked. Roberto De Zerbi, Xabi Alonso, and Michel Sanchez have also been reportedly lined-up, but it was Mourinho who commanded 61 per cent of the vote when the question was posed over who the Blues should appoint if needs be.

Brighton manager De Zerbi was second with only 19 per cent, ahead of Zinedine Zidane on 16 per cent. Bayer Leverkusen manager Alonso, widely expected to replace Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool this summer, was just behind him on 14 per cent.

Sanchez, who has elevated Girona into the title race in La Liga this season, trails on just six per cent. The overwhelming wave of opinion that Mourinho is the man to return to the London club comes despite his acrimonious exit in December 2015, after the then title holders suffered a dramatic loss of form.

But he is still hailed by Chelsea fans for winning three Premier League titles over his two stints. Under his tenures, the club also enjoyed three League Cup triumphs and won the first FA Cup final to be played at the new Wembley.

However, supporters remain divided over whether there should be a vacancy for him to fill in the first place. Only 47 per cent actually want the Argentinian manger to go, with 53 per cent favouring him being given more time.

Indeed, despite their erratic form, Chelsea have a League Cup final clash with Liverpool to prepare for on February 25. And three days later they host Leeds in the FA Cup for a place in the quarter-finals.

But they are languishing in 10th in the Premier League, as opposed to Alonso and co who sit five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. And fans have been left in doubt where the Spaniard should head next if the opportunities arrive this summer.

A huge 62 per cent of readers believe he should go to Liverpool. Only eight per cent are behind him joining Chelsea, while 30 per cent think he would be better off staying in Germany.



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