Report: Lampard given lifeline as Chelsea board make decision
Chelsea’s would apparently prefer not to appoint an interim manager mid-way through the season as a replacement for Frank Lampard.
According to the Independent’s Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney, Chelsea want a permanent option rather than someone part-time if Lampard does depart.
This may provide the current Blues some salvation to turn the sticky situation around at Stamford Bridge.
His job came under fire once more after the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City that left his side eighth in the Premier League.
Uncertainty surrounding Lampard’s future began to circulate after failing to overcome the Foxes. Possible managerial substitutes were subsequently suggested, including the German trio of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, and Ralf Rangnick.
Their country of birth is an important factor in the thinking behind Chelsea’s next coach, as outlined by The Athletic.
They seemingly want someone who can revive the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, whilst also changing the culture of the club.
Nagelsmann is the apparent preferred choice, however he is currently leading a Bundesliga title challenge with RB Leipzig alongside a run in the Champions League. On current form, he would be unlikely to leave his golden mission for Chelsea’s stuttering project.
Tuchel is a free-agent after being released by Paris St Germain, whereas Rangnick sits as head of sport and development for the Red Bull franchise. Both are viable choices and ones Chelsea may explore further down the line.
The Blues have a history of appointing interim managers. Roberto Di Matteo was perhaps the most infamous, taking over from Andreas Villas-Boas in 2012 and guiding Chelsea to their historic Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.
Di Matteo was subsequently sacked and replaced provisionally by Rafa Benetiz, who like his predecessor achieved European glory in the form of the Europa League.
Guus Hidink was brought in on two separate occasions, both to steady the sinking ship left by Filipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho respectively.
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Chelsea have clearly changed their tune in this aspect as they look to build something long term. Whether that be with Lampard or someone else, it’s reassuring to know the board have something in mind.
It’s less comforting to see all this speculation whilst Lampard is still in the job, however that is the nature of this sport and something we cannot detract from.