CHELSEA’s search for a new manager has taken a new turn after favorite Julian Nagelsmann’s partner put her new job on hold.
Nagelsmann’s girlfriend Lena Wurzenberger was due to start a new job at German auto giant BMW in Munich on April 1.
But it has emerged that the former newspaper reporter has put the career switch on hold amid speculation her boyfriend will now be the front-runner, taking over at the struggling Chelsea this summer.
Nagelsmann has already held talks with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy for the past week and more are planned as the club trim their shortlist.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is also among the candidates alongside ex-Spain coach Luis Enrique.
Nagelsmann, 35, was sacked by Bayern Munich in March and replaced by ex-Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Wurzengerger got the job at BMW as a coach for the Bundesliga leaders, only to be canceled a short time later.
Chelsea currently have Frank Lampard working as interim manager until the end of the season while the club is in disarray.
They were kicked out of the Champions League by defending champions Real Madrid on Tuesday.
And they are 11th in the Premier League and face a season without European competition unless they can turn things around.
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Lampard is the fourth man to pick the team this season under new American owners led by chairman Todd Boehly.
He has come under fire for overseeing a massive £600m transfer spend that has done nothing to improve the team’s performances.
Lampard, 44, who managed the club for 18 months from July 2019, is keen to take on the job for a second full-time when his current contract expires this summer.