According to onefootball a German coach, or at the very least a German speaker, is likely to replace Frank Lampard as the next Chelsea boss.
That is according to a story in The Athletic as the pressure ramps up on the Chelsea legend after the club’s latest loss to Leicester City on Tuesday night.
And the report states that the Blues’ possible candidates to take over are mostly fluent in German, a key characteristic for the club’s hierarchy, who have a desire to “tap into the influence of the Bundesliga” with their next appointment.
Those names include Julian Naglesmann, Thomas Tuchel, Ralf Rangnick and Southampton’s Austrian boss Ralph Hasenhüttl.
One of the main reasons for going down this route is the presence of massive-money signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who have both struggled to hit the ground running in their debut campaign in London.
There is concern that the current coaching staff have been unable to unlock the German duo’s potential, something which could be rectified with a more natural communicator.
Three of the four aforementioned coaches have also worked with Werner, who has now gone 11 league games without a goal, at RB Leipzig.
In addition, someone with a Bundesliga background would also be familiar with working within a strongly-defined club structure where sporting directors and recruitment departments are in charge of moulding the squad.
That would leave the man in the dugout to focus solely on the playing staff at his disposal, something that those in power at Chelsea are keen to implement, particularly after the somewhat volatile recent tenures of Antonio Conte, José Mourinho and, to a lesser extent, Maurizio Sarri.
Finally, it is suggested that the coaches on their list would bring a “clarity of tactical thought”, being able to improve the squad as a whole and individuals through their man-management.