CHELSEA could offer sacked Hull manager Leonid Slutsky a route straight back into football with the Russian set for talks with Roman Abramovich.
The Blues bigwig and Slutsky are close, and the former Russia coach could be offered the job of technical director, left vacant after Michael Emenalo left the club last month.
Chelsea are yet to decide whether Emenalo, now at Monaco, should be replaced directly or the job split into two. But whatever happens, former CSKA Moscow manager Slutsky is expected to be offered some kind of role at Stamford Bridge by his long-term friend Abramovich.
Slutsky is expected to take some time to decide whether to remain in England or return to his native Russia, but he will talk with Abramovich over his next move.
Slutsky was axed by Championship side Hull on Sunday after just six months in charge, with the club struggling in 20th place.
The 46-year-old became the first Russian to manage in England, and signed Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea in the summer.
Slutsky is highly respected by Abramovich and is one of a few trusted confidants the billionaire takes advice from on football matters.
Slutsky said in April: “I have known Mr Abramovich for 12 years because he had many football projects in Russia. He has helped me.”