English Premiership

Bookies backing Mourinho

2012-03-06 12:47
Jose Mourinho (File)
Cape Town - Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes are backing Jose Mourinho to be named the new Chelsea coach and succeed recently sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Mourinho, who coached Chelsea between 2004-2007, has been installed as a 7/4 favourite for a second stint in the job.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is searching for his eighth manager in five years after sacking Villas-Boas just 257 days into his turbulent reign at Stamford Bridge.

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez is second favourite at 11/4 followed by Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at 5/1. Chelsea defender John Terry is quoted at 20/1 to take over the managerial reigns.

Former Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo will take charge until the end of the season.

Villas-Boas, 34, will continue to be paid his £90 000-a-week wages for the remainder of his three-year deal, unless he finds a new job in that time.

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