Candidates to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea
And so the crazy Premier League season continues.
One minute everyone is talking about who should replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then a few weeks later it’s Mikel Arteta and now it’s Frank Lampard’s turn.
Chelsea have won just one win in their previous six league games – a race that saw them slide to ninth in the standings – but what’s even worse is that those nasty memes calling the bosses of the Blues have increased tenfold. These are the party season guys, we all got a little bit of party weight, give it a break.
No matter how much adored you are by the fans, if the results aren’t to your liking, you’re never safe from the chopping block – especially at a club like Chelsea.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who is in the frame to replace Lampard if given the boot, ranking them in order of likelihood of their appointment.
Well it does the trick. Young, promising, enthusiastic, tactically savvy and knows all about the club who spent time there as a youth coach and reserve team coach.
However, Rodgers appear to be well established at Leicester with the club hierarchy clearly keen to support him.
Not to mention, recent reports suggest the former Chelsea youth manager was blacklisted by owner Roman Abramovich after hinting that Liverpool were a bigger club than Chelsea during his tenure at Anfield.
Hmmmm, suddenly a very possible date seems absolutely dead in the water.
If naming a club legend who can’t hurt the fans’ eyes doesn’t work, then why not name someone who was absolutely useless at the club and couldn’t do anything right? It seems quite logical.
Okay, there’s more to the speculation around Andriy Shevchenko than that. The former Chelsea forward is clearly an Abramovich favorite after the owner essentially demanded that the deal bring him back to Stamford Bridge in 2006 be put in place.
Shevchenko has managed the Ukrainian national team since 2016 and is expected to embark on the first major tournament of his managerial career at the European Championships later this year. Or is it the case? We’ll see…
If you’ve been expecting exciting, smooth football from a manager who seems destined for the top of the game, look no further than Julian Nagelsmann.
The RB Leipzig boss is arguably the hottest managerial prospect in European football right now, the only black mark against his name is his lack of silverware.
Abramovich may be hesitant to name a boss who has yet to really prove his credentials among the European elite in terms of trophy wins, with his Lampard experience seeming to sink in.
A bet? Maybe, but it could really pay off.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s name is starting to pop up a lot more in conversations about jobs at England’s top clubs.
The Southampton boss has done an incredible job on the South Coast, with a mix of shrewd transfer deals and savvy tactics, with the Saints well positioned for a first half this season.
The Austrian is another who looks destined for a shot at an elite club in the years to come, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Chelsea offered him the chance given his performances since joining the Premier League there is a little over two years old. .
Bragging about managers who already have a job is fine, but when there are world-class managers with a proven track record just sitting on the phone on hold, it would be foolish not to think they weren’t. favorites.
Massimiliano Allegri has been out of work since leaving Juventus in 2019. During his stay in Turin, Allegri tasted the success of the Scudetto in each of his five seasons at the club.
Obviously, a lot will depend on which route Abramovich chooses to take in terms of whether he wants England experience or just a manager with a winning mentality, but Allegri is a fantastic option that is available without compensation.
Speaking of managers who are unemployed at the moment.
Throughout this list, we’ve looked at various possible arrivals and weighed the pros and cons of each potential Lampard successor, and Thomas Tuchel represents the best option of the bunch.
Relatively young, has experience managing superstars, is not under contract at another club and has winner’s medals on the chimney – the only box left unchecked is that he has yet to successful in England, but this has rarely deterred Abramovich in the past.
Tuchel was removed from his job at Paris Saint-Germain just a few weeks ago, but if Chelsea are looking to get Lampard out of his misery, the German tactician might just be the man they are turning to.