Chelsea's next permanent manager: five contenders, from Simeone to Slutsky

Guus Hiddink is being lined up to replace José Mourinho until the end of the season but who will take the job on a long-term basis? Diego Simeone

The Argentinian may have been most famous in England for his part in David Beckham’s dismissal at the 1998 World Cup but he has proved himself at managerial level after a most unlikely league title with Atlético Madrid in 2014. Simeone led Atlético past the financial might of Barcelona and Real Madrid, despite selling his star striker Radamel Falcao the previous summer. The man who fired in the goals during the title-winning season was the now Chelsea striker Diego Costa. A reunion with the feisty Spanish forward could help reignite the club’s front line, and save Roman Abramovich from laying out a huge chunk of money on another marquee goalscorer. Simeone’s impressive run to the Champions League final in 2014 ended with an extra-time defeat to Carlo Ancelotti’s Real but he won the Europa League in 2012 so has the European track record Chelsea so crave. Pep Guardiola

[PHOTO] Carlo Ancelotti

[PHOTO] Antonio Conte

The winner of five Serie A titles as a player, Conte continued his success when he took charge at his former club Juventus in the summer of 2011. The 46-year-old won the league in his first season as Juventus went unbeaten to secure their first title since relegation because of the Calciopoli scandal in 2006. The Italian followed that up with two more championship victories in 2013 and 2014 but could not carry that success over into Europe, taking his side to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013 and Europa League semi-finals the following season. That may be a consideration for Abramovich, an owner who has seemed at times to value European success above all else. Leonid Slutsky