As every day passes, the papers have a new take on who will be the next Chelsea manager, with Antonio Conte now rumoured to be nailed on to take the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
Max Allegri and Diego Simeone have also alternated the position of looking destined to move to west London, but it is Conte and Allegri who the Chelsea hierarchy should be most keen on.
This is because the Premier League champions have a strong tradition with Italian managers and this is something they should look to exploit.
When choosing between the two compatriots, Conte would perhaps be the better choice simply because he would be more likely to leave Italy after Euro 2016 than Allegri would be to leave Juventus..
In their entire history, the Blues have had four managers from the boot of Europe and that quartet have all brought success.
First up was Gianluca Vialli who added four trophies to Stamford Bridge: the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
Claudio Ranieri replaced his countryman and took the Blues to the Champions League semi-finals, at the time their best European performance, along with earning their best pre-Mourinho league finish.
After a five-year wait for one of Ranieri’s compatriots, Carlo Ancelotti took over in 2009 to mastermind a Premier League and FA Cup double.
The final Italian to take the job was Roberto Di Matteo who stepped into the hot seat and did what none of those to precede or succeed him have managed – win the Champions League.
That wasn’t enough for the former MK Dons manager to keep his job and it’s now been four years since any of his countrymen have managed the Blues.
Another Italian being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is a potential John Terry replacement.
The Blues are said to be interested in bringing in AC Milan’s 21-year-old defender Alessio Romagnoli, with Bleacher Report claiming that the west Londoners are willing to pay £30m to sign the highly-rated centre-back.
For an example of how highly thought of the youngster is at the San Siro you need only consider that his manager Sinisa Mihajlovic compared him to Alessandro Nesta.
Romagnoli has been a key part of Milan’s team this season and is seen as a huge prospect in Italian football. He would be well suited to Conte’s approach if both ended up at Stamford Bridge.