Roman Abramovich may have to wait until summer if he wants Julian Nagelsmann to become Chelsea’s next permanent manager.
Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig are in second place in the Bundesliga and have made it clear that they will not leave their highly rated young coach mid-season.
Leipzig will maintain Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 next month and are four points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. They believe they can win their first league title in the club’s short eleven-year history.
Chelsea and the Red Bull organization have excellent relationships after trading with Timo Werner and Ethan Ampadu over the past few years.
Even so, it is unlikely that Leipzig’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff will approve Nagelsmann’s departure if Frank Lampard leaves Stamford Bridge.
Leipzig, however, has a pre-made replacement in Red Bull Salzburg’s highly rated boss Jesse Marsch.
The American coach was assistant to Nagelsmann’s predecessor Ralf Rangnick in Leipzig – and is widely known as Nagelsmann’s successor when he leaves.
If you are part of the same RB group, Leipzig does not have any additional compensation costs that you have to pay to another club for your manager.
Frank Lampard’s job is under threat unless he reverses bad form
Frank Lampard will lose his job as Chelsea manager if results and performance do not improve immediately.
Lampard is under great pressure after the 2-0 setback against Leicester City when they slipped to eighth place in the table. It was a fifth loss in eight Premier League games.
Former Juventus managers Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who were replaced by Mauricio Pochettino in Paris Saint-Germain last month, would both be keen to become Chelsea managers if the job became available.
The club’s board of directors is aware that other Premier League managers like Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have also gone through difficult times this season, turning the fortunes of their respective teams around.
Lampard has always openly acknowledged the pressures associated with being Chelsea manager and any final decision about his future will be made by owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea have appointed 12 managers since Abramovich bought the club 18 years ago.