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Chelsea shortlist Enrique, Nagelsmann, Pochettino & Spalletti for manager role

Chelsea will do an exhaustive search for a new manager, according to The Telegraph.

They have shortlisted Luis Enrique, Mauricio Pochettino, Julian Nagelsmann and Luciano Spalletti and will add one more name to the list.

Chelsea sacked Graham Potter last night following their loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. He left after only seven months at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues planned to give him more time to build cohesion with the squad, but his line-ups were diabolical and substitutions extremely questionable.

Chelsea are 11th in the Premier League, cannot win either of the domestic cups and have drawn Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Bruno Saltor will be the club’s interim manager until they make a permanent appointment. They want to take more time than they did after dismissing Thomas Tuchel.

Nagelsmann is an early favourite for the Chelsea job after only leaving Bayern Munich last week.

He has supporters within the Chelsea hierarchy after working with sporting director Laurence Stewart and technical director Christopher Vivell.

However, he planned on taking a break until the summer. He wants to take his time and evaluate what happened at the Bavarian club before making his next career decision.

Bayern will demand a hefty fee for the manager as he is still on their payroll.

Chelsea are familiar with Pochettino and targeted him under Roman Abramovich. New owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali also spoke to him before hiring Potter.

Former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique is also in the running. He has been out of work since leaving the Spain job following the 2022 World Cup.

The former Barca attacker recently said he’d love to manage in the Premier League.

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti is another on their list, and they plan on adding one more candidate to their search. They have previously considered Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim.

Chelsea are wary that Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could be looking for managers this summer and must move quickly.

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