The pressure on Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas continues to mount following Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Napoli and some bookmakers now think he could exit Stamford Bridge before the 2nd leg of the Champions League last 16 tie .
Basic defensive mistakes cost Chelsea dearly in Napoli and the Blues are 7/4 with bookmaker Bet365 to recover and reach the last eight of this season's Champions League. However it has now emerged that intermediaries acting for Chelsea have already approached former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez to consider whether he would consider taking over as manager from the increasingly isolated Villas-Boas.
Following the defeat in San Paolo Villas-Boas conceded that "We have to solve these mistakes at the back. We need this concentration right and this efficiency right". With an away trip to Bolton on Saturday and Chelsea currently only fifth in the Premier League table, there is a real chance that Chelsea could miss out entirely on the Champions League next season.
Despite having enjoyed the staunch support of Chairman Roman Abramovich until now , Villas-Boas is thought by many of Abramovich's advisers to have irretreviably lost his authority and the players are understood to be in a state of open revolt.
Bet365 bet only 11/8 that Villas-Boas will not be in charge for the 2nd Leg of the Champions League tie with Napoli on 14th March .
Rafael Benitz can still be backed at odds of 6/1 with William Hill to be the next permanent Chelsea manager however the Spaniard is priced at odds of only 6/4 with Skybet. Other fancies for the job include :
Jose Mourinho - 7/1 with BetVictor
Fabio Capello - 9/1 with William Hill
Pep Guardiola - 9/1 with Paddy Power
This is a fast moving market , but all bookmakers quoted offer free bets to all new accounts and this could be a good time to use them !