Despite signing a three-year contract last summer, Maurizio Sarri is set to leave Chelsea after just one season to return to Italy and join Juventus with a deal said to be imminent. A manager leaving ahead of schedule is usually par for the course as far as Chelsea is concerned with Sarri’s replacement, whoever that may be, set to become 12th manager of Roman Abramovich’s 16-year spell in charge. During that time, Chelsea have predominantly appointed managers with a proven pedigree and while they have been linked with big names such as Massimiliano Allegri and even Jose Mourinho, the leading candidate appears to be club legend, Frank Lampard. At just 40 years of age, Lampard would represent Abramovich’s second-youngest permanent boss behind Andre Villas-Boas who was only 33 when he arrived in June 2011. Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer also has just one season of management under his belt with Championship side Derby County.
metro.co.uk/12 June 2019