Chelsea’s provisional shortlist of candidates to replace Frank Lampard is dominated by managers developed in the Bundesliga, with Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl perhaps the most eye-catching name to feature.
The Austrian would not leave Southampton in the middle of the season so is not viewed as a short-term option, but if he continues to impress on the south coast the 53-year-old would be considered if Chelsea sack Lampard in the summer.
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is another potential candidate admired at Stamford Bridge who is not available at present.
Fellow Germans Thomas Tuchel and Ralf Rangnick may be obtainable if an emergency replacement is required imminently as they are currently out of work – as is the former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has previously been interviewed by the club.
Chelsea are planning to give Lampard more time to turn things around following a dismal run of just one win in seven matches, but defeat at Fulham next Friday could prompt a rethink.