Chelsea have reportedly identified Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard as the leading candidates to replace Maurizio Sarri as Blues manager.
The Italian has come under increasing pressure in recent months due to poor performances and results, losing half of the last eight games the side has played in all competitions.
That has lead to suggestions that Sarri has lost the dressing-room for a multitude of reasons, not least for criticising the player’s motivation levels after losses to Arsenal and Bournemouth in the Premier League.
This has reportedly worried the Chelsea hierarchy, who are in the process of identifying a replacement in case the current manager cannot turn things around.
According to Sky Sports the club have earmarked Frank Lampard and Zinedine Zidane as potential successors to Sarri, both of whom have been linked with the job in recent weeks.
Former Blues legend Lampard, who is currently in charge of Championship outfit Derby County, has distanced himself from the job as recently as a week ago, while Zidane is out of work having left Real Madrid in the summer following three consecutive Champions League victories.
Supporter have turned on Sarri for stubbornly sticking to his philosophy despite poor performances, while the players have reportedly lost faith in the manager’s ability to turn their fortunes around.