CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich is ready to replace Maurizio Sarri with club legend Frank Lampard, according to reports.
Chelsea owner Abramovich has been tipped to sack Sarri regularly this campaign – only to hold fire every time despite a turbulent season.
The Italian has had his critics at Stamford Bridge this season but, despite that, has steered them to a third-placed Premier League finish and the Europa League final.
Sarri also guided Chelsea to the EFL Cup final earlier this term, where they were beaten by Manchester City on penalties at Wembley.
Despite that, however, the 60-year-old remains a man under pressure over in west London.
Not helping his cause is Lampard, whose stock as manager has never been higher.
The Chelsea legend has overseen Derby County’s charge to the play-off final, where they will face Aston Villa on May 26.
And Sport Mediaset claim Abramovich could sack Sarri to bring Lampard home.
The Russian supposedly feels that Sarri’s damaged relationship with Chelsea fans may be too tricky to repair.
And Lampard, given how well Derby have fared, is now in his sights.
The England international has won 20 games from 46 matches this season as manager.
And he was a big hit at Chelsea during his playing days, scoring 211 goals as he established himself a club legend.
Meanwhile, Lampard was asked about managing the Blues back in February.
And he played his cards close to his chest, saying: “I will never get excited about that.
“It is certainly a club I respect and a manager that I respect so it wouldn’t make me smile or anything different because my job is here.
“I obviously follow Chelsea, have huge respect for them, and I hope to see them, put some form together and turn those results around.”
Chelsea still have one game left to play.
The Blues will lock horns with Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29 (8pm).
Chelsea lost to Unai Emery’s side at Stamford Bridge earlier this season – but did win at the Emirates.