Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins feels Brighton boss Gus Poyet deserves to be considered for the Blues job long-term.
Rafa Benitez is in charge until the end of the season.
Wilkins said: "Gus Poyet would be a good choice. He is cutting his teeth at Brighton, he has been at Leeds and Swindon so he knows the trade and he is a Chelsea legend, as Roberto Di Matteo was.
"The options are now being closed down rather rapidly."