CHELSEA are reportedly compiling a shortlist of German-speaking managers should Frank Lampard leave Stamford Bridge.
The Blues boss saw pressure ramped up last night after a 2-0 defeat at Leicester.
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Frank Lampard is coming under increasing pressure as Chelsea bossCredit: Reuters
It was their fifth defeat in eight games and leaves them down in eight spot, nine points off table-toppers Leicester.
And while Chelsea aren’t believed to be looking to sack Lampard, they appear to have planned for a worst-case scenario.
According to The Athletic, the Blues hierarchy believe a German-speaking boss could be the future.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, RB Leipzig chief Julien Nagelsmann and legendary German coach Ralf Rangnick could all come into consideration.
Werner’s confidence looks shot and he has been dropped to the bench in recent games.
He joined from RB Leipzig for £47.5m and was one of the Bundesliga’s most-exciting forwards.
Havertz, signed for £70m from Bayer Leverkusen, started well but has seen his form similarly slide.
RB Leipzig boss Julien Nagelsmann, who got the best out of Timo Werner, is believed to be on the minds of Chelsea execsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Werner continues to struggle since his near-£50m move to ChelseaCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail
And he is usually spotted watching on from the dugout too.
The Athletic adds that Chelsea have seen the stunning success that Jurgen Klopp has had at Liverpool and want to adopt a similar structure.
That would mean ‘the coach’s job is merely to work with what he is given’ and they could ‘avoid power struggles behind the scenes’ as they are not ‘political animals’.
There is also a growing clamour to adopt the style of play and tactics developed from the Bundesliga.
Kai Havertz has failed to light up the Premier League like he did the BundesligaCredit: PA:Press Association
A dismal defeat at Leicester leaves the club legend under serious pressure, and just 8/11 to go.
Lampard will know all too well how notoriously ruthless Roman Abramovich is as an owner.
The Russian has shown no hesitation in swinging the axe to numerous managers during Lampard’s playing days.
And the bookies believe Lampard’s fate could be inevitable if he doesn’t turn around their form quickly.
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