Chelsea are set to hold talks with Brighton boss Graham Potter over replacing the sacked Thomas Tuchel.
Ex-Swansea and Ostersunds FK Potter, 47, has been given permission by the Seagulls to speak to Chelsea.
Tuchel was sacked after losing the confidence of Chelsea players and the new owner who took over the club in May.
Potter, who was tipped as the future England boss, have led Brighton to fourth place in the table this season after winning four and drawing one of their six Premier League games.
Appointed in May 2019, he has guided the club to 15th, 16th and ninth place over his three seasons.
But his style of attacking and tactically flexible football has earned him many admirers in the game.
Chelsea’s new owners oversaw a £255.3million spending spree in the summer window that is believed to be a British record and brought in eight new players.
They were sixth in the Premier League after three wins, one draw and two defeats as they parted ways with Tuchel.
The decision to sack the German would have been made regardless of the 1-0 defeat in the Champions League opening game at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
Chelsea are planning a quick appointment and Potter was among the bookies’ favourites, along with former Spurs and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
When looking for a new boss, the Blues are also likely to be looking for a long-term manager who shares their vision of a collaborative culture and focuses on the development of all players in the squad.