Chelsea FC are understood to be evaluating their managerial options for next season with the hierarchy expecting to part ways with Maurizio Sarri between now and the end of the season.
The west London outfit have endured another mixed campaign in the Premier League despite making a strong start and they are currently three points adrift of the top-four positions.
According to The Mail, the Stamford Bridge side are already on the hunt for possible candidates to replace Sarri at the helm – preferably at the end of the campaign.
However, there are suggestions that the Italian could yet be sacked before the season close, should the supporters express further anguish over the team’s performances on the playing field.
Sarri was evidently booed during the 2-0 FA Cup fifth round defeat to Manchester United last month and it is suggested that a repeat of the same from the club’s faithful may witness his axe from the head coach role.
Should this end up the case, the Blues may appoint an interim coach with current assistant Gianfranco Zola considered as the leading candidate to step up from the backroom role.
Chelsea are currently falling adrift of the top four positions amid their poor away form but they can still make amends in the final months of the season to return to the Champions League.
Elsewhere, they can qualify for the elite competition by winning the Europa League altogether this term. They are favourites to do so ahead of Napoli and Arsenal at the present point of time.