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Luis Enrique no longer considered a favourite for the Chelsea job

Reports in England suggest that the former Spain boss has fallen behind Julian Nagelsmann and Mauricio Pochettino.

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Luis Enrique no longer a favourite for the Chelsea job
DYLAN MARTINEZDiarioAS

Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is not thought to be among the top candidates for the vacant managerial role at Chelsea.

The Telegraph reports that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have placed Enrique behind Julian Nagelsmann and Mauricio Pochettino in the running to be the club’s next permanent manager.

In addition to Enrique, Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim is also thought to be an outside candidate for the job. Amorim’s side face Juventus in the Europa League quarter-final second leg on Thursday.

All four potential future Chelsea managers have been contacted by the club in recent weeks. Nagelsmann and Pochettino are expected to hold further talks with the club as co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali look to identify a long-term replacement for Graham Potter.

Thiago Silva calls on club to “put a strategy in place”

Interim coach Frank Lampard is the third manager of a chaotic first season at the helm for Boehly and Eghbali. They will be desperate to ensure that their second season brings a little more stability to Stamford Bridge.

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid, Thiago Silva said that the team has suffered from the off-field upheaval.

“It’s a difficult moment for the club, with a lot of indecision,” Silva said. “We had to increase the size of the changing rooms because it didn’t fit the size of the team.”

We need to stop and put a strategy in place, otherwise next season we could make the same mistakes.”

“The manager can only pick 11 from 30-something. That’s tough,” Silva added. “There is always going to be someone upset because not everyone can play.”

In their first year at the club the new owners spent an astonishing £550 million ($684m) on new players but the additions have not gelled into a cohesive team. With seven games remaining the club is unlikely to qualify for any of the three European competitions for only the second time in the last 25 years.

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