Thomas Tuchel is in line to take over at Chelsea with Frank Lampard expected to lose his job, the PA news agency understands.
A hat-trick from Tammy Abraham helped the Blues progress into the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Luton.
But it looks unlikely to save Lampard’s job, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to make a change.
Chelsea’s record goalscorer signed a three-year deal in the summer of 2019 and in spite of a transfer ban, led them to the FA Cup final and a fourth-place finish in his first managerial campaign at Stamford Bridge.
With cash to spend ahead of this season, the arrivals of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have failed to translate into improved results and they are ninth in the Premier League at the halfway point.
The Blues have lost six times already in the division, with five of them during their past eight matches, and are 11 points off current leaders Manchester United.
Tuchel only became available a month ago when he left Paris St-Germain, less than five months after taking them to the Champions League final, which they lost to Bayern Munich.
The 47-year-old German won back-to-back league titles with PSG, but that was not enough to satisfy the club’s ambitious owners who replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino.
Before coaching at PSG, Tuchel impressed at Borussia Dortmund, having started his managerial career with Augsburg and then Mainz.