Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under intense pressure to keep his job after Chelsea’s 2-0 loss at Everton. The loss leaves Chelsea’s hopes of finishing in the top four hanging in the balance.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly has no desire to sack Sarri before the end of the season according to The Sun but he is resigned to the fact that the Italian is not a long-term match for the role and have started to consider alternatives.
Sarri will only be sacked before the end of the season if Chelsea crash out of the Europa League and suffer a collapse in our battle for a top-four place.
While Sarri is set to finish the season as Chelsea boss, it’s looking highly unlikely he would be in the role next season with the board already looking at other alternatives.
Zinedine Zidane was the board’s No 1 target to replace Sarri at the end of the season but the Frenchman’s decision to return to Real Madrid for a second spell has forced the board to look elsewhere.
The Sun claim Abramovich is now considering Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo or Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to replace Maurizio Sarri at the end of the season.
The Chelsea owner has been impressed with the success of Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves since bringing them up from the Championship last season. Wolves look set to secure a top-half finish and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. They beat Chelsea 2-1 away at Molineux and drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge this season.
Lampard, who made 649 appearances and won three league titles and the Champions League at Stamford Bridge, is also being considered for the role of Chelsea boss. Lampard has endured a mixed season at Derby as they sit outside the Championship play-off places but the board have been impressed with the legend’s first season as a manager. It is believed Chelsea fans would prefer Lampard is appointed to replace Sarri.
Chelsea fans revolted against Sarri during last month’s FA Cup defeat by Manchester United and according to Daily Mail, fans are now prepared to boycott home games.
There were empty seats at the last home game against Wolves and more are now expected when Brighton, West Ham and Burnley visit Stamford Bridge next month.
It is believed if fans boycott home games and continue to show their dissatisfaction with Sarri’s role as Chelsea boss, the board could be forced to sack the Italian before the end of the season.