Chelsea are looking for a manager who could work within the club’s unique command structure in case they cut ties with Frank Lampard, according to The Athletic.
Lampard is still the Chelsea manager. But obviously, it could change anytime soon if things don’t improve on the pitch.
Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel and former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri who are currently available reportedly would be interested in succeeding Lampard (Sky Sports).
The Athletic’s David Ornstein previously mentioned a few other managers under Chelsea’s radar including Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann.
The reported list is quite interesting because it features very different managers in terms of play style and management.
Fellow Athletic journalists Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson, however, said Chelsea would be looking for someone who would be easy to work with outside the pitch.
“I think [what is] more important than the specific name of the coach is [that Chelsea are looking for] someone who can work within the club’s structure,” Twomey told Straight Outta Cobham podcast.
“We’ve seen in recent history that it is not easy to find a coach who could do that because Chelsea have a quite unique decision-making structure.”
Johnson added: “The Italian route is something that has brought trophies but also a certain level of, let’s say, tension at times.
“I think there is a modus operandi of German coaches that used to work in a certain managerial structure that they are more of coaches than managers.”
Based on these claims, Chelsea seems to be hoping to make a long-term appointment if they have to sack Lampard.
As a Chelsea man who is very familiar with how the club works, Lampard obviously fits the bill, but unfortunately, the team are just not getting the expected results on the pitch.
But this could give Lampard more time to turn the situation around since the available managers at the moment, Tuchel and Allegri, might not fit the criteria.
While the other options such as Nagelsmann and Rodgers are unlikely to be available until, at least, at the end of the season.