Hiddink, Villas Boas in race to replace Ancelotti

Updated: 10 May 2011 19:14 IST

Guus Hiddink and Porto's Andr

New Delhi:

Guus Hiddink and Porto's Andre Villas Boas are being considered the front-runners in the race to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Chelsea's manager.

According to reports, team-owner Roman Abramovich is seriously examining the merits of both and will replace Ancelotti despite speculations on the contrary. Chelsea's defeat against Manchester United recently has apparently intensified the search and despite Sir Alex Ferguson's comments supporting Ancelloti after the match, a change is looming large for a side that is (loosely) rumoured to witness a mass exodus of players in the near future.

Ancelotti meanwhile, is scheduled to meet chief executive, Ron Gourlay next week and will reportedly be relieved of his duties after managing the side for 2 years and with 12 months in his contract still remaining.

With Pep Guardiola set to remain with Barcelona, Hiddink has become a top-contender though Villas Boas is also expected to be tempted enough if offered the position.

Topics : Football Alex Ferguson Chelsea
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