Controversial possible Mourinho successor stalling on offers for Chelsea job

Brendan Rodgers is holding off accepting offers of a quick route back into football management in the hope that he may get a chance at Chelsea should Jose Mourinho be sacked, according to reports from The Sun.

The Northern Irishman was axed by Liverpool in October after three and a bit seasons in charge at Anfield, during which time he almost ended the club’s long wait for a league title.

However, his spell went a little stale in 2014/15 and with the current campaign having looked to be heading along a similar path the Merseysiders reacted by drafting in Jurgen Klopp – albeit their records are similar.

Rodgers himself has been linked with a swift return to Premier League management with Swansea, but reports claim that he has an eye on the Chelsea job and is reluctant to commit to other opportunities in case he misses out.

Although the west London outfit’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has stuck by Mourinho through a poor season so far, with the club now one point above the relegation zone after 16 games, his notoriously itchy trigger finger may be tested.

It’s understood that Rodgers would likely only be a potential interim manager – as Rafa Benitez once was – but he is open to taking on the job on a full basis.

The ex-Liverpool tactician has worked as a coach at the club before, during Mourinho’s first reign.