FABIO CAPELLO has joined the queue of big-hitters keen on the Chelsea job.

Blues supremo Roman Abramovich is still hoping boss Jose Mourinho can turn a horror season around.

And he will have at least the next two games in charge, against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday and Stoke on Saturday.

But former England and Real Madrid boss Capello, 69, has joined Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti as possible short-term replacements — with all three ready to listen to offers.

And Capello criticised Mourinho last month.

He said: “Mourinho is a great coach — but burns out his players after a year-and-a-half, at most two years.

“I had already heard it when he was at Real Madrid and now we have confirmation in London.”

The positioning from the Italian comes as further claims of dressing room discord added to a sense of panic at Blues.

Mourinho called his players in for training yesterday — but as they were driving to Cobham it was being alleged that one senior player told team-mates he wanted the manager out.

The claim, made on Radio Five, was: “One player said, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’.”

Blues star Diego Costa has avoided retrospective action for kicking out at Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel on Saturday. Referee Mark Clattenburg saw the incident and decided it was not a sending off.

SUN, UK


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