MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI is the stand-out favourite to be appointed Chelsea’s next permanent manager, according to the bookies.
Frank Lampard’s position is under increasing scrutiny after Boxing Day’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal, who hadn’t registered a top-flight victory since November 1.
It was Chelsea’s third defeat in four Premier League fixtures and left the Club in seventh position – six points behind leaders Liverpool.
Bookmakers Coral have responded by creating a ‘next manager’ market with former Juventus boss Allegri the current favourite at 13/8.
The six-time Serie A winner remains a free agent having left Turin in May.
He’s been linked with various European heavyweights including Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain over the past several months.
Thomas Tuchel is a distant second in the betting at 3/1.
The German tactician was relieved of his duties at PSG earlier this week – hours after guiding them to a 4-0 victory over Strasbourg.
Next Chelsea manager odds – Coral
- Massimiliano Allegri – 13/8
- Thomas Tuchel – 3/1
- Laurent Blanc – 9/1
- Rafa Benitez – 12/1
- Nuno Espirito Santo – 12/1
- John Terry – 16/1