Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has commented that the club are ‘open-minded’ to the possibility of Jose Mourinho returning this summer.
The Real Madrid Coach has been increasingly paired with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer, following on from a season of continued speculation in Spain linking him with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu come June.
And, when quizzed on the possibility of the Blues reuniting with their Coach of 2004-2007, Buck refused to rule it out.
“I am completely open minded about it,” the chairman told reporters this week.
We really haven't started [looking for a new Coach] yet but we're all thinking about it and have some ideas, and certainly Mr Abramovich is thinking about it.
“At the moment, we're concentrating on the end of the season.”
Rafa Benitez is currently the club’s ninth Coach since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, but he will almost certainly be leaving in the summer.
“I know we have fired what most people would say are a lot of managers – terminated the relationship is a better way to describe it – but we've always thought long and hard when we've done it.
“It's always difficult, it's always sad when a relationship is terminated.
“We don't look back, we always look forward and see where we're going, and figure out how we get there.
“We certainly believe in stability in managers, but it has to be with the right manager.”