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The 5 favorites to replace Lampard as the next Chelsea manager

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After Lampard’s dismissal was confirmed, let’s check out the five favorites to become the next Chelsea manager.

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It’s official, Roman Abramovich and his Chelsea board have decided to sack Frank Lampard as the manager.

A run of five defeats in eight Premier League games (W2 D1) has caused the club to plummet down the standings to ninth-place. An inability to extract the best out of summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who cost a combined €133m, and reported growing tensions with some players have been decisive.

And while Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup success over Luton Town was the third triumph in four outings, it wasn’t enough to save Lampard.

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So, without further ado, let’s check out the five leading candidates who could be on Chelsea’s radar.

Thomas Tuchel

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The 47-year-old is much more experienced than Lampard, has tasted success as a manager in both Germany and France, is available right now, and reportedly has one eye already set on the Premier League.

Tuchel is a known workaholic and a capable coach, having been able to extract everything from his squads. He even led Paris Saint-Germain to their first-ever Champions League final last season, along with a domestic quadruple.

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The Parisians may have sacked him recently due to an uneasy relationship with the board, but Tuchel likely won’t be out of a job for long.

Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Schevchenko

Schevchenko has to be an outside bet at best – but never say never, right?

The 2004 Ballon d’Or winner had a nightmare stint during his playing career at Chelsea. He joined for a then club-record fee of £30.8m, but failed to adapt and was soon carted off to Dynamo Kyiv.

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Shevchenko, now 44 years of age, has coached the Ukrainian national team since 2016 (W21 D9 L11). His record may not be the most convincing, but he does have a close friendship with club owner Roman Abramovich.

Massimiliano Allegri

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The former Juventus boss has been out of work for a year-and-a-half. He has, though, recently expressed a desire to coach a Premier League club, prompting rumors linking him with Arsenal and Manchester United.

Allegri also has a great track record as a manager. The 53-year-old has won league titles with Juventus and AC Milan, won countless domestic cups, and reached the Champions League final twice.

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But Allegri is unproven outside Italy, making him a gamble for Chelsea or any other top English club.

Julian Nagelsmann

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If Chelsea want a quick-fix for Werner’s goal drought, could the striker’s ex-Leipzig boss be the answer? They tried a similar tactic with Fernando Torres and Rafael Benitez in 2012, but it didn’t pull off the desired outcome.

That said, Nagelsmann becoming the next Chelsea manager is unlikely to happen soon. As impressive as the 33-year-old already is, he appears settled in the Bundesliga for now.

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Although Nagelsmann has spoken to Werner about the Premier League and recently refused to rule out a move to England in the future.

Brendan Rodgers

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The Leicester City boss is the full package in terms of Premier League experience, style of football, and ability to extract everything from his squads. He also worked as a youth coach at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

The only thing missing from Rodgers’ CV is silverware. He enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Scottish giants Celtic between 2016 and 2019, but he hasn’t been able to deliver yet in England. Although he did take Liverpool to within two points of league glory in 2013/14.

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According to The Athletic, however, Rodgers did ‘upset the Chelsea hierarchy’. He allegedly said he was now with a big club after joining Liverpool in 2014.