Allegri to Chelsea ruled out as ‘favourite’ and ‘alternative’ revealed

Joe Williams
Max Allegri Chelsea

Max Allegri has been ruled out of the race to replace Frank Lampard if he is sacked by Chelsea, according to one journalist.

Chelsea’s form and results must improve rapidly – and fast – for Lampard to be afforded more time to continue his Stamford Bridge rebuilding project.

The Blues stumped up £220million on summer transfers for their former midfielder to overhaul the west London squad.

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Monday’s 2-0 comprehensive loss at Leicester proved a chastening experience however, and Lampard will know that he does not currently have the luxury of a long-term outlook.

And reports have already linked a number of managers with the job in case Chelsea decide to take action, with Thomas Tuchel among the most mentioned.

Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk brings us an update on the situation regarding possible replacements for Lampard.

Falk claims that former Juventus manager Allegri is ‘off the list’ while he labels ex-Dortmund boss Tuchel as the ‘favourite’ and Ralf Rangnick as ‘the alternative’.

However, it is his view that Chelsea will ‘try to end the season with Lampard’ in charge.

Meanwhile, refusing to say whether he has held meetings with Chelsea’s board to address the current form, Lampard believes his Stamford Bridge legacy as a player will not be affected by his managerial stint in west London.

“I don’t want to talk about private conversations,” said Lampard, of his relationship with Chelsea’s board.

“The situation changes when you move from player to manager, so I have far more conversations with the hierarchy now than I did as a player.

“My career here as a player was fantastic and it’s set in stone. When I say fantastic I’m not giving it the big I am, I’m talking about the success I was proud to be a part of at the club.

“And the link I have here with the fans and the support I get from them is amazing.

“And I knew when I came into this job as a manager that that can change, the tone of it, there are things that you can’t control going forward.

“You do your best and I’ll continue to do that all the time while managing the club, but it doesn’t change how I feel, wherever I work, the kind of person I am I will give my all.”