Chelsea could turn to Brendan Rodgers to replace Frank Lampard 'with Leicester boss tempted by job but not until summer'

CHELSEA could reportedly move for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers if they axe Frank Lampard.

The Foxes' title charge is impressing Stamford Bridge bigwigs, according to the Sunday Mirror.

It is claimed a return to Chelsea at the end of the season would interest Rodgers.

He was the club's academy and reserve team boss before embarking on a managerial career with Watford in 2008.

After a failed spell at Reading, Rodgers rebuilt his reputation at Swansea before almost leading Liverpool to the 2013/14 Premier League title.

Life after Anfield saw the Northern Irishman enjoy total domination of Scottish football with Celtic before jumping ship to Leicester in February 2019.

Roman Abramovich and co had high hopes for the season after splashing more than £200million on new players last summer.

But Chelsea's disappointing run of five defeats in eight league games has wrecked their title ambitions.

The Blues sit ninth in the table, 11 points off pace-setters Manchester United.

Lampard's future has come under scrutiny as a result.

The club legend is the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

SunSport understands Lampard faces a crucial fortnight for his future as Chelsea boss.

The 42-year-old is safe for the time being but last week's 2-0 defeat at Leicester has added to concerns that the sack is looming.

Chelsea host Wolves and Burnley in the next seven days before a crunch trip to London rivals Tottenham.

Lampard is running out of time to convince Abramovich that he can lead the club back to the top so positive results are a must.

In addition to Rodgers, a trio of German-speaking managers – Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, ex-PSG chief Thomas Tuchel and RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann – have all been linked with Lampard's job.

Despite the mounting pressure and criticism of his performance in the dugout, Lampard is confident he can turn the ship around.

He said: “I’m a fighter first and foremost. It’s how I managed to make a career out of the game as a player.


“I’m manager of the club that I love. When I packed up I could’ve come out of football completely.

“I love the fact that if there are tough times and you fight your way out of them — and I include the players as well — it’s the best feeling in football. The best feeling you can possibly have.

“It’s not going to be 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 that will win us the games we need to in the short term. It’ll be the passion, the desire and the togetherness of the team.”

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