Chelsea have made the decision to sack manager Frank Lampard after growing concerned about the Blues’ poor run of form.
The Blues have won just four of their last 11 games in all competitions – a run which has seen them drop down to ninth in the Premier League table and brought Lampard’s quality as a manager into the spotlight.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea have come to the conclusion that Lampard is not the right man to lead the club, and confirmation of his departure could come as early as Monday.
The Chelsea players were instructed to stay away from the Cobham training complex until later on Monday, giving the Blues hierarchy time to sort things out behind the scenes.
Sky Germany’s Max Bielefeld claims that former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is in line to take over, with an agreement with the German all but done.
The decision comes less than 24 hours after Chelsea booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Championship side Luton Town, but that result was clearly not enough to convince the board that Lampard can turn things around.
The Blues were towards the top of the Premier League table in early December, but a run of just three wins in their last nine league games has seen the Blues tumble down the standings.
They now sit 11 points behind leaders Manchester United and five behind fourth-placed Liverpool, with owner Roman Abramovich growing concerned that Champions League qualification could slip away with a few more poor results.
The belief was that Abramovich would hesitate to pull the trigger on Lampard unless he found somebody he felt could get more out of the current squad, and it appears as though he may have found someone.