Rumors & Realities: Scolari Out, Meet the Candidates

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Rumors & Realities: Scolari Out, Meet the Candidates

Sympathy is what we need, my friend because there's not enough love to go round. Oh yes, that's the story for you.

Apparently, it is "a sign of the times" that managers are getting boots in their behinds too often these days according to Sir Alex Ferguson.


Luiz Felipe Scolari is the latest manager in a long, long queue of victims. Chelsea have been left with a Scolari-shaped hole that they hope to fill soon.


Guus Hiddink might not be as "big" as Scolari literally but he's bigger than Scolari in day-to-day club managing. And he's one of the favorites take the Chelsea hotseat.

Big Phil has been knocked out and Guus will do anything for his "friend" Roman Abramovich including taking his team in an almost dead-season and trying to revive its title challenge.

Hiddink, the favorite to land the job, stars in this season's sequel of "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" called "Meet the Candidates". 

One man who has joined the Focker family, after being "Focked", is Luiz Felipe Scolari. While the candidate short-list is a long one. 

Other managers who are linked to the job include the man every English and Mexican loves to hate, Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The secretary-loving, geek-looking Swede is a front-runner for the Chelsea job. However, Hiddink looks more likely.

Another likely, yet not so likable candidate is Avram Grant. Surely he was sacked in a disrespectful matter after coming close to winning the Champions League and the Premier League.

But when an opportunity to coach one of the best teams in the world comes knocking, who cares about dignity?

A liked, almost worshipped figure, who has been linked to the Chelsea job, is Gianfranco Zola. He and his assistant Steven Clarke, who has done a fair job at West Ham, are linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge.

So whom will it be?     

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