Frank Rijkaard has confirmed he would be interested in managing Chelsea – amid reports that the club will make a decision over the appointment within the next 24 hours.
The former Barcelona coach, who left the club at the end of last season, would “consider” taking over, according to his agent.
However, according to a report on Skysports Russia coach Guus Hiddink and former manager Avram Grant are the only two names on Chelsea’s shortlist.
With Luiz Felipe Scolari sacked on Monday, Chelsea are searching for a new boss and will look to have someone in place by the time they face Watford in the FA Cup this weekend.
Rijkaard’s agent Perry Overeem said that if Chelsea did make an approach then the Dutchman would be interested.
“(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.
“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.”