Three managers Chelsea could turn to if Roman Abramovich sacks Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard finds himself under serious pressure at Chelsea amidst a worrying run of form which has seen them claim one win in five games.

The Blues were being touted as potential title challengers during their nine-game unbeaten run throughout October and November, only for back-to-back defeats against Everton and Wolves to bring them crashing back down to earth this month.

And after bouncing back from that double blow to record a 3-0 win over West Ham, on Boxing Day they were beaten 3-1 by Mikel Arteta’s struggling Arsenal side before drawing 1-1 at home to Aston Villa.

Lampard is by no means on the verge of a dismissal and will certainly be given time to pull Chelsea out of their current slump.

But if Roman Abramovich eventually drops his bloodied managerial axe on the club legend, who could replace him?

Daily Star Sport have identified the three leading contenders to take the Stamford Bridge reins should Lampard prove incapable of turning their miserable form round.

Thomas Tuchel

Just four months after guiding them to their first ever Champions League final, Tuchel has been sacked as Paris St-Germain boss and is now on the hunt for a new post.

According to Bild, he is keen to take on a project in the Premier League – and Chelsea would be the perfect destination.

The 47-year-old would almost certainly provide the swanky, free-flowing football Abramovich has been craving in recent years, yet his lack of major silverware, with just a German Cup and two French titles to show for his managerial exploits, will come as a slight concern.

Massimiliano Allegri

Another elite-level coach out of work right now is former Juventus manager Allegri, who is still waiting to secure another job after leaving the Italian giants in 2019.

He guided Juve to the Serie A title in each of his five seasons at the club and recorded the highest win percentage in their history (70 per cent), while also reaching two Champions League

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If Abramovich’s main goal is to start winning major honours once again, Allegri would surely be his best bet.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Should his desire for Chelsea to play attractive football outweigh the need for instant silverware, Abramovich may be tempted to replace Lampard with Espirito Santo in the near future.

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The Portuguese has worked wonders at Wolves since arriving at Molineux in 2017, sending them back to the Premier League as Championship winners at the first time of asking before securing European football.

He has built a captivating, adventurous and successful side in the Midlands, although his lack of experience at a big club could hinder his chances of beating Tuchel or Allegri to the post.

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