Manchester United are looking to emulate the success of rivals Chelsea by appointing an interim head coach until the end of the season.
The club are currently searching for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement after sacking the Norwegian over the weekend following United's humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford.
Mauricio Pochettino is their primary target but is unlikely to leave his post at Paris Saint Germain until the summer, and the same goes for secondary targets Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.
As such, Man United are in the market for a temporary manager who can safely navigate them through the rest of the season, with Ernesto Valverde, Ralf Rangnick and Lucien Favre among those linked.
The club's hierarchy are convinced they can follow in Chelsea's footsteps by hiring an interim boss capable of successfully turning the team's fortunes around before handing over the reins in the summer.
The Blues have a habit of flipping through managers quickly, but some of their temporary appointments are among their most inspired.
Guus Hiddink was hired in 2009 following the sacking of Luis Felipe Scolari and instantly harmonised the dressing room before guiding the club to the FA Cup final where they beat Everton 2-1.
Three years later, following Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal, Roberto Di Matteo was appointed interim manager and won the FA Cup before famously leading the club to an epic Champions League victory by beating Bayern Munich on penalties.
Di Matteo landed the job permanently as a result, but was fired three months in to the following season and replaced by yet another interim manager, Rafa Benitez.
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Chelsea fans weren't all that keen on the former Liverpool boss, but like Hiddink and Di Matteo before him, he finished the season with silverware by winning the Europa League.
All in all, Roman Abramovich has a near spotless record when it comes to interim appointments, something the Glazers will desperately hope to replicate.
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