Chelsea fans today are facing the prospect of Jose Mourinho staying at Real Madrid for another season, thereby blowing them out of the water. That means they will have to look elsewhere for a new manager. The alternative is another embarrassing interim manager position for the next season. Which manager would want to take on that mantle?

As I reported a few weeks ago, Mourinho is waiting for the Old Trafford job. He knows that Sir Alex will not be going this year; however, as I also reported last year, Sir Bobby Charlton let the cat out of the bag when he said Sir Alex would do another two seasons. That runs out at the end of next season. Coincidentally that is when Jose Mourinho`s contract will run out at Real Madrid; he will have honoured that contract, as he has always maintained that he would.

Some time ago, when Manchester United hosted Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter final match, Mourinho had talks with Sir Alex. It is common knowledge inside Old Trafford that it is likely that he will call it a day at the end of next season. He has already made sure that his legacy will continue under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea could always offer Benitez the extension for a year; I`m sure he would take it, but what would be the reaction of the fans?