Chelsea are reportedly set to sack Frank Lampard with the Blues’ hierarchy having lost patience with the under-fire manager’s ability to turn around the club’s faltering fortunes.
Lampard’s position has come under increasing scrutiny following a disappointing run of form for the west London side, with Chelsea currently ninth in the Premier League table after winning just twice in their past eight league fixtures.
Chelsea returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round, though the victory appears unlikely to have saved Lampard’s position with the Daily Telegraph reporting a decision on his sacking is set to be confirmed today.
Chelsea’s players are understood to have been told not to report to training until this afternoon, ahead of the news that Lampard has been dismissed from his position at Stamford Bridge.
The 42-year-old won plaudits during his debut season in charge after navigating the sale of Eden Hazard and a transfer ban to secure a top four finish and reach the FA Cup final, though expectations changed for the current campaign following over £220m worth of investment into new talent.
Roman Abramovich is believed to be interested in securing Julian Nagelsmann as the club’s new head coach, though any deal for the RB Leipzig manager appears unlikely before the summer. The Athletic are reporting that Thomas Tuchel, who is available after his recent sacking by PSG, is the frontrunner.
Leipzig are reluctant to see the manager depart mid-season with the club currently second in the Bundesliga and drawn to face Liverpool in the Champions League’s knockout stages next month.
Another name linked with the position is former AC Milan and Juventus manager Max Allegri, although Fabrizio Romano reports that the club have not held discussions with the Italian.
Chelsea are currently six points adrift of the Champions League places in the Premier League, ahead of a home meeting with Wolves on Wednesday.