Brendan Rodgers is in the frame to become the next Chelsea manager as pressure grows on Jose Mourinho.
The Blues have endured a miserable start to the season and speculation is rife that Mourinho will be sacked if the club lose to Liverpool at the weekend.
A host of names have been mentioned as possible successors to the Special One, and now the Belfast Telegraph says Rodgers has emerged as a serious option.
The Northern Irishman was sacked by Liverpool earlier this month but has strong connections to Chelsea having worked for the club as a youth team coach.
Bookies have slashed odds on Rodgers taking over at Stamford Bridge from 20/1 to 7/1 in recent days, making him one of the front runners to be their next permanent manager.
Rodgers is available to take over straight away, unlike other potential options like Diego Simeone.
Chelsea have a history of appointing interim coaches after making sackings midway through a season, with targets currently contracted to other clubs being difficult to bring in.