With the pressure mounting on Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, a number of potential replacements have been gaining column inches in recent days.
Frank Lampard and Zinedine Zidane may be the current hot picks but former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has tossed a grenade into the mix by suggesting Arsene Wenger should be considered for the post.
Wenger has been enjoying life since leaving Arsenal last summer, regularly appearing as a TV pundit and his name is continually linked with a clutch of managerial opportunities including Paris Sain-Germain and Real Madrid.
There is a feeling that Wenger wouldn't manage another Premier League team after his long association with the Gunners out of respect for his former employers. But that hasn't stopped Seaman putting forward his old boss as a potential replacement for Sarri who is once again under the spotlight after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday. The defeat came just a week after the Blues were humiliated by Manchester City 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.
"Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal, that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal,” Seaman told Talksport. “But obviously time’s a healer and he could think, ‘I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong’. For me, Arsene got a lot of criticism that wasn’t deserved over his last few years at Arsenal.
“It looks like there could be a vacancy at Chelsea quite soon, depending on their next three games which are three big games for Chelsea. “He’d be great there, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager. I would love to see him back, but I don’t think it would happen.”