As per a report from Italian outlet SportMediaSet, Chelsea have identified Frank Lampard as the successor to Maurizio Sarri.
Italian tactician Sarri was the man chosen to replace fellow countryman Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge last summer.
However, despite the widespread excitement surrounding his appointment, on the back of the 60-year-old’s impressive stint in charge of Serie A outfit Napoli, Sarri’s spell on the bench in London has since proven largely-underwhelming.
Following a bright start to the campaign under the guidance of their new boss, Chelsea have since struggled for consistency, with their tactician’s refusal to move away from his trademark ‘Sarri-Ball’ having cost the Blues dear on a number of occasions throughout the season.
Chelsea exit links
Nevertheless, though, despite their rollercoaster campaign, Chelsea clinched a Champions League berth for next season courtesy of a 3rd-place finish in the Premier League, with a Europa League final meeting with London rivals Arsenal also still to come.
As such, the previously-rampant rumours that the board at Stamford Bridge were set to part ways with their tactician this summer have largely-subsided of late.
BREAKING: Sky sources: @ChelseaFC concerned and disappointed about the team’s performances this season. Senior figures at Chelsea have held discussions about Maurizio Sarri’s future. #SSN pic.twitter.com/wtLCCwmchi
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 18, 2019
Sarri out, Lampard in?
As per the aforementioned report from SportMediaSet this afternoon, though, discussions over Sarri’s potential exit have nevertheless continued amongst the Blues’ hierarchy.
And, in a huge claim, it is also suggested that the Italian’s eventual successor has already been identified, in the form of club legend Frank Lampard.
‘Lamps’ is currently in charge of Derby County, with whom he has impressed this season, having guided the Rams to a Championship playoff final and potential return to the Premier League courtesy of a stunning comeback victory over Leeds United last night.
And the 40-year-old’s progression over the course of the campaign has not gone at all unnoticed at his former club.
In fact, it is stated that Lampard has been ‘booked’ as Sarri’s replacement, with the decision seemingly already made.
Sarri, meanwhile, is said to be ‘very attracted’ by the prospect of a return to Serie A.
As such, ‘immediately after the Europa League final, he will ask his club for explanations: he wants to have the time needed to make decisions about his future.’
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) May 15, 2019