Former Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon believes the Blues should look to appoint Jose Mourinho as their next manager.
Mourinho is the bookmakers' favourite to be installed as Chelsea's next permanent boss when interim manager Rafael Benitez steps down at the end of the month and last week he dropped a huge hint that he would be returning to Stamford Bridge this summer following Real Madrid's Champions League exit.
Last Friday, a newspaper report claimed Mourinho has already agreed a deal with Chelsea
, and although it remains to be seen whether the 'Special One' will be in charge of the Blues next season, Kenyon, who helped appoint Mourinho for his first spell at Stamford Bridge in 2004, has admitted that the 50-year-old is his personal preference.
"If I was at another club and looking for someone who would give me the maximum chance of winning, it's Jose Mourinho," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"You've got one of the best clubs, one of the best owners and one of the best coaches - it's a hard combination to resist.
"I'd need some other very strong candidates to look elsewhere and you'd have to say he's very much on the shortlist.
"Pep Guardiola would have been up there [as a candidate] but he's not available. Manuel Pellegrini you would definitely look at. But if I was looking at Pellegrini or Jose, Jose would win hands down."
Mourinho left Chelsea in September 2007, after a falling-out with owner Roman Abramovich.
"We are talking about the appointment of one of the best coaches in the world," Kenyon added.
"I think they are both very strong individuals. Before this appointment happens, if it happens, there would be a lot of discussions between the two.
"If you talk to both of them now. Jose is very open about his warmth to the Premier League and I am pretty sure that is a similar feeling from Roman."