Frank Lampard is set to be sacked as head coach by Chelsea later on Monday, Sky Germany reports.
Thomas Tuchel, the immediate past coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), is set to take over from Lampard and may be on the bench as early as Wednesday for the Blues’ game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the report added.
Lampard is said to have been called in for a meeting with the Chelsea board members, where he will be informed of the news.
Confirmation is expected to come today after Chelsea’s players were told not to report to the training ground until Monday afternoon.
A text went around the entire first-team squad on Monday morning to inform them that training was delayed, as Chelsea prepared a statement, according to The Telegraph.
Chelsea are currently ninth on the Premier League table with 29 points, after winning only eight games, with five draws and losing six.
Lampard was appointed head coach at Stamford Bridge in July 2019 and during his first season guided the club to Champions League qualification and the FA Cup final.
He was supported by owner Roman Abramovich in the summer transfer market as Chelsea spent more than £200m on seven new signings, including big-money transfers for Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
However, after a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions earlier this season, Chelsea’s form has nosedived.