Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Roman Abramovich’s advisors are torn over who should succeed Frank Lampard, according to ESPN.
Blues owner Abramovich is pretty much the only person who will make the decision over Lampard’s fate.
After five defeats in the last eight league games, the situation certainly doesn’t look good for Lampard — but there is always a possibility that he could turn it around.
The Chelsea higher-ups, including Granovskaia, are still preparing a list of potential replacements, according to ESPN — and they reportedly have a hard time making a decision as well.
The report claims there has been a disagreement about whether Chelsea should make an interim appointment.
Appointing an interim until the end of the season would give Chelsea more options to choose from, with some names on their shortlist, including RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, are unlikely to leave mid-season.
Avram Grant and Andriy Shevchenko are mentioned as interim candidates but considered lacking convincing track records.
The other route is to appoint managers such as Thomas Tuchel and Massimiliano Allegri who are currently available.
While previous interim managers at Chelsea such as Guus Hiddink and Rafael Benitez did relatively well, not making a quick decision seems to be a sensible move at this point.
It is very questionable whether either Grant or Shevchenko would do a much better job than Lampard.
Having as many options as possible closer to the end of the season is arguably the best scenario, although some would feel a managerial change would be needed to save the season.
The results over the next few games would help clarify whether a decision could wait.
After all, despite the crisis, Chelsea are still within touching distance of the top four and only five points off Liverpool in fourth place.