Chelsea 'line up Andriy Shevchenko to replace Lampard as manager if results don't improve after £253m transfer splurge'

CHELSEA are considering Andriy Shevchenko as their next manager, according to reports.

Pressure has ramped up on current boss Frank Lampard, after Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City made it just one win in seven for the Blues.

SunSport understands that, despite the poor run, Lampard's position isn't under immediate threat.

But should the slump continue, their position may change.

And if so, Le10Sport claim that Chelsea could swap one inexperienced former player for another, in the form of Andriy Shevchenko.

While Lampard, 42, is widely heralded as arguably the Blues' greatest ever player, Shevchenko, 44, struggled at Stamford Bridge.

After his £30million move from AC Milan in 2006, Shevchenko toiled, managing only 22 goals in 77 outings for the Blues.

He remains well thought of by owner Roman Abramovich, however, and is claimed to be on their radar as a manager.

Shevchenko is currently boss of the Ukraine national team, a position he has held since 2016, having never managed anywhere else.

He has won 21 of his 40 games in charge, and most recently guided his side to Euro 2020 by topping a group that also contained European champions Portugal.

Despite having left Chelsea 11 years ago, Shevchenko still has connections in West London.

His son Kristian, 14, was born in England's capital, and plays for Chelsea's academy.

While his side are on a poor run, Lampard remained level-headed after Sunday's defeat.

He said: "I’m not going to speak for people above me — or the board — because I can never do that.

“That’s why I couldn’t answer a month ago about me getting a new contract and why I can’t answer what they’re thinking about now.

"I will always feel the heat. I felt the heat when we were on our good run because I know that around the corner can be the negative.

It is my job to focus on working on the players, not what the people above are thinking — that would just distract me and I can’t do it

“And we are not a team that has been churning out results and has got to the level of Liverpool or Manchester City.

“It is my job to focus on working on the players, not what the people above are thinking — that would just distract me and I can’t do it.

“We went 16 games unbeaten and a month ago everyone was asking me about where we can go, where am I going to go, where’s the new contract?

Now people will be saying the opposite — I can’t control that. The pressure remains constant in this job and you know in tough moments that will be there.”

Chelsea currently sit eighth in the Premier League, having slipped out of the title conversation in recent weeks.

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