Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is under mounting pressure at Stamford Bridge and Roman Abramovich is pondering whether to sack him or not. The Blues boss saw his side lose to Manchester City on Sunday as they dropped to eighth in the Premier League.
Roman Abramovich has his finger on the trigger at Stamford Bridge with Lampard coming under mounting pressure at Chelsea.
It comes after another disappointing night for the Blues, who were downed by Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men inflicted a fifth Premier League defeat in eight matches, while going top of the table themselves.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are languishing in eighth and Lampard is coming under serious pressure.
After the Manchester City loss earlier this month, reports emerged that Stamford Bridge chiefs are looking at managerial alternatives.
And Lampard will be more under pressure than ever at Chelsea – and there are four options who could replace him.
Here Express Sport takes a closer look at who could come in.
If Abramovich wants experience and trophies, there would be no better option than the readily-available Massimiliano Allegri.
Juventus have not been the same since his departure, a club where he won almost everything in sight in the Serie A.
Allegri has been learning English in recent years and is keen on a job in the Premier League.
What it would mean for Chelsea’s blossoming academy remains to be seen – with the Italian known to preferred tried and tested stars.
The German was recently sacked from Paris St-Germain and would be available to jump straight into the hotseat at Chelsea.
Tuchel has a stern hand with his squad and is a known workaholic with his own philosophy on how he wants his teams to play.
He would be the instant favourite to replace Lampard, should he be sacked, but the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss is not afraid to rile up the boardroom.
Abramovich has had his problems with managers before in this respect – Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte had bitter ends at Chelsea – but there is no doubting Tuchel’s managerial prowess.
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Julian Nagelsmann is still just 33 but has proved that he has a ton of managerial acumen beyond his years.
He has forged a career so far on the premise of attractive football, both at RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim, and made it to the Champions League semi-finals last year while this season saw his side qualify from a group including PSG and Manchester United.
However, his lack of experience is one of the reasons why Lampard is under the cosh at the moment while Nagelsmann’s system would require an overhaul of the squad to suit the tactics.
Lampard has been desperate to build a vibrant, young team who would run themselves into the ground for their teammates.
And there is already a team in blue showing that kind of style – and they sit top of the Premier League at the moment.
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