Chelsea are expected to sack Frank Lampard on Monday with Thomas Tuchel in line to replace him.
The Premier League giants will axe the club legend less than 24 hours after beating Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round.
Lampard, who is considered one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players after winning 13 trophies in a 13-year stint in west London, took charge in 2019 following a year in the Championship with Derby County.
He steered the west London club to a top four finish in his maiden season in the top-flight, but the mood has soured at Stamford Bridge this term with the Blues lagging behind their rivals despite a summer spend exceeding the £200million mark.
The 42-year-old has come under increasing pressure over the last few weeks with Chelsea currently sitting ninth in the top-flight, 11 points behind league leaders Manchester United
It is understood Tuchel is set to be appointed Lampard’s successor.
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Tuchel is currently out of work having been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain just before Christmas.
Chelsea were being spoken about as title contenders at the start of December after a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
However, back-to-back defeats away at Everton and Wolves brought the Blues back down to earth, before a 3-1 drubbing at the hands of a struggling Arsenal side on Boxing Day derailed their season and heaped the pressure on Lampard.
A later draw with Aston Villa, plus defeats by Man City and Leicester, found Lampard under even more pressure, and despite beating Luton on Sunday the manager’s position was untenable and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have called time on his spell in charge.
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