Hiddink, Guardiola in top race to succeed sacked Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho

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Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Juande Ramos and Brendan Rodgers have all been touted as possible successors as Blues owner Roman Abramovich begins another search for replacement of sacked manager Jose Mourinho.

Of the four, however, football pundits predict that Hiddink looks more likely to get the job ahead of others.

Gradual who would have been the preferred choice would most likely not abandon his current club, Bayern Munich at this critical time when it has its eye set on winning the Champions League.

Chelsea sacked Mourinho Thursday, seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club, taking charge in June 2013.

Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and won the League Cup, but have lost nine of their 16 league games so far and are 16th in the table, one point above the relegation places.

Mourinho’s final match was Monday’s 2-1 defeat at leaders Leicester City.

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