Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly added former Blues striker Andriy Shevchenko to the shortlist of candidates to replace Frank Lampard as manager, according to Le10 Sport.
The 44-year-old had two disappointing years at Stamford Bridge over a decade ago but he remains a personal favourite of Abramovich. Any change in manager would still come as a massive surprise as Lampard has had a difficult tenure to say the least given the transfer ban and the impact of the global pandemic.
However, Shevchenko has had some recent success as a manager, guiding Ukraine to qualification for the European Championships without losing a match, despite being in Portugal’s group.
Managing a club side is a very different job, though, and there have been reports in the English press suggesting that Chelsea are already considering four other options.
Ex PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri are all thought to be in the frame for the post.
However, no decision has been made on Lampard’s future yet and it does seem as though the current manager will be given some more time to turn things around following some poor recent results. Frank really should get the time he needs to bed in his signings and the players he wants to lead the new Chelsea under him.