Chelsea legend Lampard faces a vital run of fixtures in the FA Cup with Luton Town, followed by Premier League games against Wolves, Burnley, Tottenham and Sheffield United.
If the Blues’ all-time leading scorer has chance to turn things around remains to be seen, but Abramovich has already taken one major decision in the Independent reports.
Among the major contenders to replace Lampard at Stamford Bridge is RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, but Chelsea may fail to lure him to abandon the Bundesliga side midway through the campaign, as they battle for the title challenge with Bayern Munich.
Chelsea will not be looking to name an acting boss to keep hold of the rest of the season, but would start to look replacement immediately if Lampard were to be sacked.
However former Paris Saint-Germain Thomas Tuchel boss is another preferred option, and will have to come in straight away. Meanwhile, Lampard is under tension to transform around and save Chelsea from the tragedy.
Chelsea will only make a move if one of their favorite candidate are instantly available – and Max Allegri, the former Juventus manager, is not under consideration.