Frank Lampard emerges as bookies favorite to be next Chelsea manager following Sunday’s 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City, Sarri’s position has been placed under further scrutiny.
Lampard has impressed so far this season with Derby County in the Championship in what is his first job as a manager since ending his illustrious playing career.
CHELSEA’S NEXT MANAGER ODDS
Frank Lampard 2/1
Zinedine Zidane 7/1
Gianfranco Zola 8/1
Diego Simeone 12/1
Jose Mourinho 12/1
Brendan Rodgers 12/1
Massimiliano Allegri 12/1
Nuno Espirito Santo 12/1
Didier Deschamps 16/1
Luis Enrique 16/1
Guus Hiddink 16/1
Lampard has been installed as 2/1 favourite with a few firms, edging out three-time Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane, who is yet to return to management since leaving Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho, sacked by Manchester United in December, is out at 12/1 for a return to Chelsea for a third spell.
Impressive Wolves boss Nuno is with Portuguese compatriot Mourinho at 12/1 while World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps is at 16/1.
For Chelsea, their drubbing by City has seen them fall to sixth, denting ambitions of a top-four finish.
Sarri was non-committal after the match when asked if his position is now in serious jeopardy.
‘You have to ask the club,’ Sarri said amid growing calls for his removal after a fourth defeat in eight games.
‘I’m worried about my team. I’m worried about the performance. My job is always at risk.’
Sarri was asked if he was expecting a call from owner Roman Abramovich, but the answer pointed towards the power structure at Chelsea.
‘If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him,’ he said.
‘To be honest, I don’t know what to expect. I didn’t see my football. At the beginning of the season it worked. Now we need to understand the reasons why it isn’t working. It is not easy.’