Chelsea ‘hold talks’ with ex-Tottenham boss – ‘five candidates’ in running to replace Lampard

Chelsea have reportedly ‘held talks’ with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and he is one manager in the frame to replace Frank Lampard.

The Blues have been searching for a new permanent manager since they decided to sack Graham Potter at the start of this month. The ex-Brighton head coach was only at Chelsea for around seven months.

Frank Lampard has returned to the club as interim head coach but he has been unable to improve their fortunes. Under him, they have lost four consecutive games across all competitions.

The ex-Everton manager needed a superb end to the season to remain in charge beyond the end of this current campaign. But given how poorly things are going, it feels inevitable that he will be replaced in the coming weeks.

Julen Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique have been heavily linked with Chelsea of late. But it was reported earlier this week that the latter is ‘no longer a leading candidate’ for the manager’s role at Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports are now reporting that ‘Chelsea have held initial talks with Pochettino’. They add.

‘It is understood the former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham coach is one of five candidates at this stage of the process.

‘Chelsea have been admirers of Pochettino in the past and enquired about his availability when Thomas Tuchel left the club in September.

‘Sky Sports News has been told Pochettino will assess his options in the summer as he prepares for the right opportunity.’

The former Tottenham boss has been out of work since he left French giants PSG at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

AS Roma’s Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a surprise return to Chelsea. He has won the Premier League title with them three times during his previous two spells at the club.

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Former Chelsea man Geremi thinks the club’s supporters “would be very happy if he returned”.

“You must understand that Jose Mourinho is a legend in football and at Chelsea. I don’t know what Mourinho is thinking regarding the Chelsea job.

“I think the Chelsea fans would be very happy if he returned to the club. He is a legend of Chelsea that has achieved a lot of success with the club. If you asked him about it, if you asked him if Chelsea were the club of his heart, he would say ‘yes’.

“He loves Stamford Bridge. He won so many titles there and he became a club legend. He knows the fans will welcome him with open arms. Let’s wait and see what happens.

Geremi has also explained why Chelsea’s next boss must have Premier League experience: “I think it’s much easier for a manager to come into Chelsea with Premier League experience because they will know the temperature, the temperament and the environment.”

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