Chelsea's hierarchy are planning to appoint Derby County manager Frank Lampard as Maurizio Sarri's successor regardless of the outcome of the Europa League final.
The Blues will be heading into a pivotal summer as the club prepares to serve the first half of their transfer ban, with questions raising over if current boss Sarri is the right man to lead them through the 2019/20 season.
The 60-year-old was brought in to replace Antonio Conte last summer, but Chelsea are now claimed to want to put their faith in their former midfielder Lampard following his success in charge of Derby County this season.
The Rams have booked their place in the Championship play-off final thanks to an outstanding comeback against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United, with the club setting a date with fellow finalists Aston Villa this weekend to try and restore their Premier League status.
Lampard's assistant at Derby County and former Chelsea Under-21 manager
Frank Lampard needs to stay as far away from the Chelsea manager job as possible. Club is in absolute shambles and the board needs to be replaced before he sets foot.— Mod (@CFCMod_) May 19, 2019
Fans will eventually turn against him and I'm not ready for that ever...