Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks after a string of poor results in the Premier League. Roman Abramovich has considered sacking the Blues manager with several replacements considered.
Chelsea boss Lampard has found himself under the microscope in recent weeks with speculation over his future mounting by the day.
It comes as pressure ramps up on the Blues boss amid a torrid run for the Blues in the Premier League.
Five defeats in eight have left Chelsea ninth in the table, while confidence is at an all-time low.
Club owner Abramovich forked out a lot of money over the summer, principally on German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz who are yet to shine.
It is just one of a litany of problems Lampard faces at Stamford Bridge and there are several managers already eyeing his job.
An FA Cup win over Luton Town has kept the axe from being wielded for now but Chelsea have some crucial games in the Premier League to come.
The next three fixtures are Wolves, Burnley and Tottenham – and it is safe to say, Lampard will have a good idea of his future by the end of this three-match stretch.
Subsequently, Rafa Benitez has left his job at Dalian Yifeng in China as he cannot bear to be away from his family any longer on the other side of the world.
The Spaniard loves life in England and speculation over where he will end up next has increased in recent days.
Celtic and Newcastle have been linked with the former Liverpool manager but a return to Chelsea might not be the worst idea.
His last spell proved fruitful, though unpopular among the fans, and Benitez replacing Lampard will surely cause a huge rift with the fanbase.
But with supporters not allowed at Stamford Bridge, Abramovich might be tempted to bring back the 60-year-old until the end of the season to bring some stability.
During his initial interim stint, Chelsea won the Europa League, finished in the top four and got misfiring players such as Fernando Torres and Demba Ba back in form.
There are some comparable situations, not least with Timo Werner – who looked shot of confidence yet again on Sunday after missing a penalty against Luton in the FA Cup.
It will also give Abramovich to make further plots on his key target Julian Nagelsmann in the summer.
The German is the oil tycoon’s main man to replace Lampard but RB Leipzig will not be letting their highly-rated coach leave at this point in the season.