Chelsea are reportedly poised to sack club legend Frank Lampard as manager in the coming hours.
Lampard is set to be sacked less than 24 hours after the Blues' FA Cup victory over Luton Town, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Confirmation could come as soon as Monday after Chelsea players were told not to report to the training ground until the afternoon, the report stated.
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Reports in Germany and England claim that former PSG and Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is set to take charge.
The 42-year-old has been under severe pressure following a run of five defeats in their last eight games in the Premier League with the Blues down in ninth place.
Lampard was repeatedly asked about his own future last week, and insisted he does not give speculation any attention.
"I don't listen to it (speculation), it is only everywhere if you want to scroll through social media," he said.
"I don't do that, I'm not stupid. I know what pressure comes with managing a top football club but the talk doesn't matter to me."
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When pressed on whether he has had any conversations with the club's board, Lampard said: "I don't want to talk about private conversations. The situation changes when you are a manager, you have a lot more conversations with the hierarchy.
"My concern is not the pressure on me, I understand how it goes. The pressure needs to be positive on the players. I don't mind taking it. The players want to get some form back."
It now appears as though Chelsea have lost patience with the club legend and he could be sacked within hours with Tuchel reportedly the favourite to take over.
Lampard is just 18 months into a three-year contract he was handed when he was appointed in the summer of 2019, which feels like a lifetime ago. Indeed, for a Chelsea manager it has already been a healthy stint, but this apparent sacking still does appear to be incredibly premature.
Arguably the Blues legend overachieved in his first season in charge by guiding the club to Champions League qualification and the final of the FA Cup, despite the fact that he was not able to make any signings and had a young squad.
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While he was backed in a big way in the summer transfer window, he has not been afforded the time to settle his players in and build a winning culture with them. Lampard has, without question, been let down badly by many of his players so far this season, but there would have been plenty of time for him to turn the club's fortunes around.
Tuchel is reportedly the overwhelming favourite to replace Lampard, but who is to say that he will be able to get Chelsea rolling again any quicker than his predecessor? He may even take longer, or not manage to at all.
This is rushed. This is hasty. This is Chelsea.
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