Maurizio Sarri is set to complete his move to become Juventus Manager by the end of the week, after another drawn out managerial saga involving Chelsea.

The club have been working on his replacements for a few weeks, and a name that seems to head the list throughout, has gotten even closer to reality.

Reliable Goal Journalist Nizaar Kinsella has confirmed that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has met with Frank Lampard to discuss becoming Chelsea head coach.

Kinsella seems pretty sure that Lampard will be announced as Sarri’s successor. As does David Amoyal, who has been part of the Sky Italia setup with Gianluca Di Marzio.

Lampard has been front runner for the soon to be vacant position, and even though some suggested the Chelsea board were unsure about hiring him, the general consensus is that he now stays as the most likely candidate.

A former Chelsea player of course, and firmly mounted as a legend inside the walls of Stamford Bridge, Lampard is the one who many believe will bring some unity to the fan base inside the stadium, and be the one most likely to get the best out of the current transfer ban situation.

It certainly seems like Chelsea are keen on bringing former players back into staff roles, with Petr Cech set to be unveiled within a technical role at the club once his contract expires at Arsenal this month.

So with that direction in mind, my money stays on Frank Lampard to succeed Sarri.

My conclusion?

He has always been my first choice, if Sarri was to go. I wanted Sarri to stay as I believed he could have really pushed on this season.

However, Lampard is my first choice, and he has always been the most likely replacement in my view.

I think he’s in a perfect position to come in without expectations with a transfer ban, and be the best person to judge which particular youth players can come in to bulk up the squad without being able to sign anyone.

He still likes to play out from the back, keep possession of the ball and play attacking football, so he can continue with the ethos started by Sarri. But he’s also been adaptive at Derby, and bought through some good young talent.

For me, he fits the bill just fine and should definitely take the job. The support for him will be maintained, and I hope some understanding of the situation.

Simon Phillips