Julian Nagelsmann is leading the race to become Chelsea’s next permanent manager after impressing the west Londoners during talks over the position.
Chelsea have held discussions with Nagelsmann about becoming the club’s next head coach, following the decision to sack Graham Potter after less than seven months in charge earlier this month.
Nagelsmann is available after leaving Bayern Munich and the Guardian are reporting that the German made a positive impression on the Chelsea board during initial discussions.
The 35-year-old is viewed as the ‘likeliest appointment’ after Chelsea cut their shortlist of candidates, but will face competition from former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea have also held talks with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim, but each are viewed as outsiders for the position with Nagelsmann the leading candidate.
Frank Lampard is currently in charge of the Blues after being appointed as interim manager until the end of the season. Lampard has endured a difficult start to his Chelsea return however, after a run of four consecutive defeats that includes a Champions League exit to Real Madrid.
The loss 4-0 aggregate loss to the Spanish side effectively ended Chelsea’s season, with the club 11th in the Premier League table and 12 points adrift of the Premier League’s top six.
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