As Chelsea's interim manager, Rafa Benitez's contract expires in the summer. And after the Blues' midweek draw with Reading—where they let slip a two-goal lead in the closing stages of the game—it doesn't look likely his time at Stamford Bridge will be extended.
But who will step in on a permanent basis to replace the Spaniard? Pep Guardiola was the favourite for many until he agreed to join Bayern Munich in time for 2013/14, while a host of other managers have been linked with the Blues.
What is clear is Chelsea's need to appoint a manager who will recapture the Stamford Bridge faithful's imagination and reignite their love affair with owner Roman Abramovich.
Firing a Chelsea legend in Roberto Di Matteo and replacing him with an old foe in Benitez was never going to be a good PR move, but what appointment would?
In no particular order, Bleacher Report identifies five candidates who could get the Chelsea fans back on side.