Lifeline for Lampard? Chelsea ‘don’t want to replace under-fire boss with an interim manager’ as they focus on a permanent successor with interest in Max Allegri, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann
- Chelsea bosses do not wish to replace Frank Lampard with an interim manager
- Lampard is under pressure at Stamford Bridge after their dramatic slump in form
- Club legend faces the prospect of losing his job if he cannot save top-four hopes
- But the Blues want to wait for a long-term replacement if they are to sack him
Chelsea will not appoint an interim manager to take over if Roman Abramovich decides to sack Frank Lampard in the coming weeks.
The club legend is fighting for his job at Stamford Bridge after defeat at Leicester on Tuesday night continued their poor form and left the Blues in eighth place in the Premier League.
Their disappointing recent form, defeat at Leicester was their fifth loss in eight league matches, comes on the back of a mammoth summer spend of £230million that was expected to see them challenge for the title.
Chelsea will reportedly not appoint an interim manager to take over if they sack Frank Lampard
As Sportsmail reported on Wednesday, Lampard faces the prospect of losing his job if he cannot revive Chelsea’s top-four aspirations as the club’s hierarchy begin to lose patience.
But, according to The Independent, Chelsea do not want to appoint an interim manager to steer the club through the remainder of the season.
Instead, the wish to make a managerial change only when there is a long-term option available so they can avoid the ‘short-term issues’ that accompany an interim boss.
Owner Abramovich has not been afraid to turn to interim managers in the past.
Guus Hiddink (twice), Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo, who was named permanent manager after winning the Champions League in 2012, have all been put in temporary charge of the Blues at one point.
Chelsea’s defeat at Leicester on Tuesday night was their fifth loss in eight league matches
Sportsmail understands Chelsea do not want to make any snap decisions over the future of their club legend and there remains a will to give Lampard an opportunity to arrest the club’s dreadful form.
Some view the recent resurgences of Manchester United and Arsenal after pressure was put on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta as examples of what can happen if Lampard is given a reprieve.
Lampard’s achievement in getting Chelsea into the Champions League last season, despite their FIFA-imposed transfer band, is still in the minds of the decision-makers, who still view him as a very promising young manager.
But there are now doubts emerging from within the Chelsea boardroom over his suitability as head coach, particularly with regards to his lack of experience.
Chelsea have hired interim managers in the past with Guus Hiddink taking on the role twice
Qualifying for next season’s Champions League is viewed as the absolute minimum by owner Roman Abramovich, who will effectively make the final decision on Lampard’s future.
The Blues are currently five points adrift of a top-four place, but that gap will extend to eight if Liverpool beat Burnley on Thursday night.
They have a tricky schedule on the horizon, too. Chelsea face Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday before crucial Premier League matches against Wolves, Burnley and Tottenham.
Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri would be among the names Chelsea consider if they part with Lampard.
Thomas Tuchel (left) and Massimiliano Allegri would be among the names Chelsea consider if they part with Lampard
The pair are currently out of work so wouldn’t cost Chelsea any compensation, though Allegri could be an option for Roma if they decide to part with Paulo Fonseca.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann also have their admirers at Chelsea, but the Blues know they are unlikely to lure either mid-season.
Indeed, Chelsea’s preference to wait until the end of the season to make a definitive decision on their head coach is influenced by the fact they’d be better placed to attract potential managers who are currently in work.
Mauricio Pochettino would be the club’s No 1 choice to replace Lampard, but he recently replaced Tuchel at Paris Saint Germain.
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