Juande Ramos emerges as shock target to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Ramos has not managed since leaving Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in May 2014

Tom Sheen
Wednesday 16 December 2015 12:47
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Juande Ramos has been named as a potential caretaker manager if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich decides to sack Jose Mourinho.

*UPDATE* Jose Mourinho has been sacked. Full story here.

The Russian billionaire is to hold an emergency board meeting with his closest advisors and, according to The Times, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos is being considered as a short-term choice.

Abramovich is loathe to sack Mourinho, who retains the support of the Chelsea fanbase, as the Portuguese has no buy-out clause in the four-year contract he signed in the summer, meaning Mourinho could command a compensation of up to £40million.

Another major reason for keeping Mourinho is the lack of realistic replacements, while the Russian wants to shed his tag of lacking patience.

Abramovich will meet with trusted advisors Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum and Michael Emenalo at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The Chelsea hierarchy, having given Mourinho a public vote of trust in October, are said to be extremely worried that he has lost the dressing room - results have not improved in the past two months with the Blues now 16th in the Premier League after losing their ninth game of the season at Leicester City on Monday.

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Antonio Conte is not available until after Euro 2016, Carlo Ancelotti revealed to The Independent that he would not take a mid-season job, leaving former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as one of the only viable interim candidates.

Guus Hiddink is also an option, and close to Abramovich, but he may not want to take on such a stressful job at 69.

Ramos, a former Tottenham Hotspur manager, has not been in work since he left Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in May 2014, not long after winning the league title.

The Spaniard lasted just a year at White Hart Lane, winning only 21 of his 54 matches, although he did lead the club to a League Cup win over Chelsea in 2008 - he would not be a popular choice with the Chelsea support.

Ramos had a successful interim spell at Real Madrid before joining Spurs, bringing Los Blancos back into the title race in 2007-08 thanks to a run of 16 wins and one draw.

Known as a disciplinarian, Ramos struggled with English during his brief spell at Tottenham, although he is known to play an attractive brand of football.

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