Marcello Lippi is emerging as favourite for the job at Chelsea.

The People says Chelsea are ready to appoint Lippi as their new boss before Christmas after an amazing cock-up over Avram Grant's coaching badges.

Grant does not have the UEFA-approved qualifications needed to take charge of a Premiership club - with Chelsea failing to properly check out the situation before appointing the Israeli as Jose Mourinho's successor.

And Stamford Bridge insiders admit that Lippi, who led Italy to World Cup glory last year, is the man billionaire owner Roman Abramovich will turn to.