Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, is expected to leave the club and be appointed as the new Juventus head coach in the coming days.
According to EUROSPORT, a list of six candidates to replace the Italian have been drawn up, as the Europa League winners would be searching for their 13th manager in 16 years.
The former Blues’ midfielder is a 2/7 favourite, according to bookmakers. Lampard took Championship side, Derby County, to within 90 minutes of a Premier League return in his first season as a manager.
The Chelsea legend has demonstrated his strong man-management skills, and worked with youngsters; Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last season during their loan spells from the Bridge.
But with what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has experienced with Manchester United, once the inevitable atmosphere from generating such a feel-good atmosphere around the club subsides, the question of whether it is enough to appoint a man who “knows the club” will come to the surface.
The former Juventus boss is 3/1 on the book makers’ list. In the continued absence of Abramovich, director Marina Granovskaia has developed a knack for getting the best deal for Chelsea.
Having negotiated Eden Hazard’s sale to Real Madrid in a transfer that could cost up to £150 million, the woman once dubbed the “grey mouse” by a former teacher, may overlook Lampard and opt for Italy’s Big Cheese.
His track record in Serie A speaks for itself, with about six Scudettos to his name, including four Coppa Italias, while he also took Juventus to the Champions League final on two occasions.
Should Chelsea opt against Lampard and Allegri, one name that has surprisingly entered Chelsea’s list is Watford’s Gracia, who has surpassed expectations since arriving at Vicarage Road in January 2018.
Tipped to be among the relegation candidates, the 49-year-old Spaniard helped the Hornets reach 50 points for the first time in the Premier League, and he capped a fine campaign by guiding them to the FA Cup final.
The former Chelsea coach and current England assistant manager to Gareth Southgate, Holland, was touted as a replacement for Sarri on an interim basis when things began to unravel for the Italian in February.
He was tipped to replace the former Napoli coach at the London club, following the humiliating defeats to City and Bournemouth during the season.
The 49-year-old would instantly command respect, having been a fixture on the Chelsea bench under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, before his move to work with the national team.
His experience of working alongside seven different coaches in seven years at Chelsea; four of whom had either managed Real Madrid or won the Champions League.
Surely we are not about to witness a third stint for the man who won three titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup during his previous two reigns. But the Portuguese remains among the contenders, given his availability, proximity with regards to his current living arrangements, and wealth of knowledge of the club’s everyday operations.
After his second spell ended under a cloud of acrimony in 2015, Mourinho would welcome the chance to put right the “palpable discord with players” that was cited by the club’s then technical director, Michael Emenalo.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Espirito Santo’s Wolves side took the Premier League by storm, as they tormented many top-six sides on their way to a deserved seventh-place finish, and a Europa League berth next term.
The Portuguese would seek to work with a similarly-sized core group at Chelsea, with the added depth to compete across four competitions. However, his agent, Jorge Mendes’ role as an adviser to Wolves, complicates any departure from Molineux.