Maurizio Sarri was left on the edge of the sack – and could go if Chelsea lose the Carabao Cup final.
Chelsea's hierarchy is causing more and more concern after a series of bad results and Sarri's relationship with the fans, especially after confessing that he does not care what they think after the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.
Sarri now appears to be a dead man walking to Stamford Bridge and he is short of time as they will face Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night, Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday and Tottenham next Wednesday.
Sarri has no doubts about his future, and if he suffers more bad results, he is ready to change things and is already thinking about potential replacements.
Chelsea fans chanted Frank Lampard Monday night, but the Derby boss is in his first season and may not be sure of the task ahead.
Juventus boss Max Allegri could be a famous alternative, but Zinedine Zidane's chances are not helped by his bad English.
The director of Chelsea, Marina Granovskaia – a close ally of Roman Abramovich – is also in the limelight since she defended the Sarri post.
At the same time, Mirror Sport revealed on Tuesday that Sarri was struggling to convince the winners of Chelsea's silverware that his path was the right one.
Sarri's inability to make the most of the huge trophy experience in his team proves his loss and could be fatal to him.
While many Chelsea players know what it takes to achieve glory for the club and the country, Sarri is still waiting for his first honor in management.