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Feb, 10, 2009

Rijkaard interested in taking over at Chelsea

Frank Rijkaard has become the first manager to be officially declared a contender for the vacant Chelsea job - amid reports that the club will make a decision over the appointment within the next 24 hours.

Listen to the Pod's view on Luiz Felipe Scolari's sacking

The former Barcelona coach, who left the Spanish giants at the end of last season, would "consider'' taking over, according to his agent.

However, it has been suggested that Russia coach Guus Hiddink and former manager Avram Grant are the only two names on Chelsea's shortlist.

The 46-year-old had infamous Champions League tussles with Chelsea when Jose Mourinho was in charge at the Bridge - and now he could be managing the west London club.

With Luiz Felipe Scolari sacked on Monday, Chelsea are searching for a new boss and will have someone in place by the time they face Watford in the FA Cup this weekend, which suggests they have an idea who they wish to target.

Rijkaard's agent Perry Overeem said that if Chelsea did make an approach then the Dutchman would certainly listen.

"(Frank) is obviously a big fan of the game and a big fan of the Premier League so he can be interested in working in the Premier League,'' he told Sky Sports News.

"He would consider every serious job offer from one of the major teams in Europe and obviously Chelsea and the Premier League is one of those.''

Four managers have come and gone since Abramovich bought Chelsea in the summer of 2003, but Overeem insisted that would not put Rijkaard off the challenge at Stamford Bridge.

"Well of course (the reputation of Chelsea) doesn't make it a lot easier and Frank would take some more time to consider the opportunity, but I don't think Frank will be scared off by those statistics.

"He will just think of himself as maybe the one candidate who can stay there longer than those earlier coaches."

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