Chelsea FC to hire Jose Mourinho and sack Rafael Benitez?

Rafael Benitez (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Bookmakers have seen support for Jose Mourinho to be installed as Chelsea's next manager following speculation that Rafael Benitez could be sacked by the Blues.

Benitez at the weekend insisted he would not be sacked as Chelsea's interim manager following the Blues' 3-2 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday.

Moussa Sissoko scored twice on his home debut as Newcastle came from behind to beat the European champions, and the result led to bookmakers on Saturday night suspending betting on Benitez being the next Premiership boss to be sacked.

A defiant Benitez told reporters that his job was not on the line, despite increased speculation that he could be axed before his contract expires at the end of the season.

"If the players show the character that they showed in the second half, it means something is right," Benitez said at the weekend.

"If we cannot control these games, it is something we have to improve. With some players: David Luiz, [Eden] Hazard, [John] Obi Mikel and Victor Moses coming back that gives us more options and maybe we can have fresh legs on the pitch.

"When we are in form and doing well, we can beat anyone. We are doing a good job in terms of what you can see on the pitch so we're doing well. The team has great team spirit and I'm confident that the team will finish in the top three."

Reports in Monday's newspapers suggested Benitez could be fired in the coming days, however, and bookmakers William Hill on Tuesday afternoon made the former Liverpool manager 6/5 favourite in their Premier League sack race market.

Hill's make Real Madrid coach - and former Chelsea manager - Mourinho just 5/2 to be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season in their Next Chelsea Manager market and William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told Crunchsports.com: "Mourinho is the big mover in the market to be the Chelsea manager and is now 5/2 having been as big as 33/1 just a couple of months ago!"


All Soccer News

Recent Transfer News Articles

  • Arsenal FC rule out Petr Cech bid

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out making a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech during the January transfer window....

  • Man Utd manager holds talks with Arjen Robben

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal held talks with Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben in midweek....

  • Sneijder to Man Utd? Shaqiri to Liverpool FC? Icardi to Tottenham? Thursday's transfer round-up

    Thursday's round up of the top transfer stories from the past 24 hours......

  • Liverpool FC, Man Utd on alert as Xherdan Shaqiri set for Bayern Munich exit

    Xherdan Shaqiri, who has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, is likely to leave Bayern Munich in the January transfer window....

  • Brighton manager Sami Hyypia full of praise for on-loan signing Darren Bent

    Sami Hyypia has praised the attitude of Brighton's new loan signing Darren Bent....

  • Wesley Sneijder puts Man Utd on 'red alert' - report

    Wesley Sneijder's agent has revealed he plans to have talks with Galatasaray after his client was dropped by coach Cesare Prandelli, with Manchester United reportedly on 'red alert'....

  • Liverpool FC new signings unlikely in January

    Brendan Rodgers has seemingly suggested that Liverpool will not make any new signings during the January transfer window....

  • Real Madrid CF to try and sign Lionel Messi?

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he would be interested in signing Lionel Messi should the Barcelona ace decide to quit Camp Nou at the end of the season....

  • Agent insists Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli will not return to Italy

    Mario Balotelli will not be returning to Italy next year, the Liverpool striker's agent has said....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Varane to Man Utd? Arsenal FC new signings? Liverpool FC target on the move? Friday's transfer round-up

    Friday's round up of the top transfer stories from the past 24 hours......

  • F1 news - Carlos Sainz Jr joins Toro Rosso for 2015

    Carlos Sainz Jr has been confirmed as Toro Rosso's second driver for the 2015 Formula 1 season....

  • Sunderland AFC vs. Chelsea FC Premier League kick-off time

    Sunderland vs. Chelsea takes place in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon....

  • Hennessy Gold Cup 2014 tips - 7/1 selection for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury

    The Hennessy Gold Cup takes place at Newbury on Saturday, and top tipster Nick Wilby previews the race for ......

  • Sri Lanka vs. England - Live Stream and 2nd ODI Match Preview

    Sri Lanka vs. England takes place on Saturday in the second one-day international....

  • Manchester United vs. Hull City Premier League kick-off time

    Man Utd vs. Hull takes place in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon....

  • Tyson Fury vs. Dereck Chisora - Big Fight Preview

    The waiting will finally be over when world heavyweight title contenders Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora meet in their rematch at the ExCel Arena in London on Saturday night....

  • Liverpool FC vs. Stoke City Premier League kick-off time

    Liverpool vs. Stoke takes place in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon....

  • F1 news - Christian Horner expects Mercedes to dominate F1 again next year

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Mercedes will be even more dominant in 2015 than they have been this season....

More Stories

Latest News



Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Chelsea FC to hire Jose Mourinho and sack Rafael Benitez?

Bookmakers have seen support for Jose Mourinho to be installed as Chelsea's next manager following speculation that Rafael Benitez could be sacked by the Blues.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?