ENGLAND – Chelsea billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, has identified five managers that can replace Frank Lampard, the UK Mirror reports.
Premier League duo Ralph Hasenhuttl and Brendan Rodgers make the cut.
Pressure is mounting on Lampard, after the Blues lost 2-0 at Leicester City on Tuesday night.
It was their fifth defeat in their last eight league games and they sit in eighth place, nine points off the top.
Abramovich invested heavily in the summer, spending more than £200m on new faces.
A poor run of form however has seen Chelsea lose pace with the leading pack.
Abramovich’s lack of patience is well documented and Lampard will be all too aware of that his job is on the line.
Apart from Rodgers and Hasenhuttl, the Russian is also thought to be considering recently sacked Paris Saint-Germain manager, Thomas Tuchel.
Massimiliano Allegri, who has not had a job in 18 months since he left Juventus, is also on the shortlist.
One man used to working with young players is Julian Nagelsmann who has performed wonders at RB Leipzig.
His stock, especially in Germany, is particularly high and the 33-year-old has been tipped for the top.
Lampard is Chelsea’s 10th permanent manager in Abramovich’s 18-year ownership of the club.