Rafa Benitez is “open” to the idea of holding talks with Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.
The Spaniard’s shock Newcastle United exit was announced on Monday, having failed to agree a new deal at St James’ Park.
Benitez proved to an unpopular Chelsea manager when he took charge in an interim role in 2012/13.
That’s despite winning the Europa League, thanks to a 2-1 win in the final against Benfica.
Many Blues supporters will not want to see him back, but this latest report suggests he wouldn’t turn down the role.
It is clear that Frank Lampard remains the overriding favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri, however, and it would now be a huge surprise if the Chelsea legend wasn’t in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat in the coming weeks.
Benitez reportedly had a “good relationship” with owner Roman Abramovich, though, despite the hostility towards him from many fans, due in part to his Liverpool past.
Next Chelsea manager odds
Frank Lampard - 1/8
It’s no surprise to see Lampard as the odds-on favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri.
The Chelsea legend looks almost a certainty to take charge at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Rafa Benitez - 11/2
Benitez has left Newcastle United, and he will likely be looking for work immediately.
The Spaniard would not be a popular choice as Sarri’s replacement, but can it be completely ruled out?
Luis Enrique - 16/1
Enrique has left his role as Spain manager for personal reasons.
A return to club management could be on the cards, but it is unlikely to be at Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho - 22/1
Mourinho has been out of work since December, when he was sacked as Manchester United boss.
A third spell at Chelsea would be a big surprise, but it seemingly isn’t being completely ignored.
Various - 25/1
A host of managers find themselves as outsiders for the Chelsea job at 25/1.
Former Blues favourite Claude Makelele and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone are two of them, along with Massimilano Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo.