- Frank Lampard is walking a tightrope at Chelsea following the clubs woeful run of form in recent days
- The Blues have lost four of their most recent six Premier League fixtures to slip to ninth on the standings
- A shortlist of possible candidates who could replace Lampard has emerged, with Shevchenko thought to be in the frame
- Despite Shevchenko enduring a disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge as player, he has enjoyed a promising career as a manager with Ukraine
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly identified former Blues striker Andriy Shevchenko as a potential replacement for Frank Lampard.
Lampard has come under immense pressure in recent days following Chelsea's slump in form in the league.
The west London side suffered a 3-1 heavy defeat in the hands of Man City on Sunday evening, January 3, to slip to ninth on the standings.
The Stamford Bridge dwellers have picked just seven wins from 17 matches, with five others ending in defeats.
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With the side losing four of their last six Premier League fixtures, there are speculations Lampard could be shown the door should he fail to steady the ship.
Chelsea hierarchy is already considering sacking the Englishman unless he turns around the side's fortunes.
The publication, citing French outlet LE10 Sport further added Shevchenko is on the shortlist of potential candidates who could replace Lampard.
Shevchenko spent just one-and-a-half seasons with the Blues as he had to be shipped out on loan to AC Milan after an underwhelming stint at the Bridge.
However, despite his struggles as a footballer especially in the Premier League, he has enjoyed a promising career as a manager.
He has been in charge of the the Ukraine national football team since 2016 and recently led them to Euro 2020 qualification.
Ukraine qualified for the continental showpiece after an impressive campaign that saw them go unbeaten to finish top of the pool above cup holders Portugal.
It is believed the 44-year-old enjoys a cordial relationship with Abramovich and have been in close touch since leaving Chelsea.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Real Madrid might be forced to abandon their interest in Bayern Munich veteran defender, David Alaba, over wage demands.
The 28-year-old will be out of contract with his German League champions when the current season wraps up later this year.
However, less than six months to the expiration of his deal with the Bavarians, he is already attracting attention from other top clubs including Chelsea and Barcelona.
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