Frank Lampard

According to William Hill, Frank Lampard is near the top of the list to take over Chelsea FC from current manager Maurizio Sarri.

Despite some heavy defeats, the Chelsea hierarchy has not yet pulled the trigger changing the team’s coach. However, it seems almost certain that Sarri will not survive in his post until the end of season, or, indeed, until the of the month.

The current favourite is Zinedine Zidane, who has kept a low profile since leading Real Madrid to a third consecutive European cup last summer but is being increasingly linked to the Chelsea position. Second favourite is England coach Steve Holland at 2/1 and then club legend Frank Lampard at 3/1.

Historically Chelsea have tended to go for established managerial names, which would appear to rule out Holland and Lampard. However, to secure Zidane they will have to persuade him against going to Manchester United or Juventus, teams who have also apparently made him job offers.

“Sarri-ball”

Sarri made his reputation at Napoli where his team finished runner up Serie A last season. His brand of “Sarri-ball” became renowned for fast, attacking, possession-based play. However, this style takes time to train into players, and in contrast with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, it appears that his club is not willing to grant him that time. Meanwhile Chelsea have suffered some historic defeats, including a 4-0 loss to Bournmouth, and a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City

Sarri this week dismissed criticism of his tactics as “a false problem”, preferring to blame his players’ attitudes. The problem which needs to be solved, he said, was one “of aggression and determination in both boxes.