Antonio Conte gave his 2017/18 season some semblance of respectability on Saturday as he guided the Blues to a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
However, the side have only managed a meagre Premier League title defence, finishing fifth in the table and failing to qualify for the Champions League to leave the Italian boss teetering on the edge.
And Frank Sinclair, who broke through at Chelsea from the youth set-up in 1991 and went on to make 200 appearances for the club, believes the FA Cup winners already have their next manager on the books.
“It would be a great opportunity right now to go for the likes of a Jody Morris, who has been unbelievably successful in these last two seasons,” Sinclair told LOVE SPORT Radio.
“Let him have the remit of bringing these youngsters through to the first team along with the team that he has at the moment. Give them an opportunity.
“It might take 18 months before you get the success back at the club but at least you’ve got stability and you’ve got young players coming through which will save you a lot of money as well.”
Chelsea spent almost £200million on playing staff this season, with limited return on their investments so far.
Alvaro Morata cost around £60m and is already being linked with a move away after failing to fill the void left by Diego Costa, who was forced out by Conte last summer.
But now the 48-year-old may find himself given the shove after such a disappointing campaign, something Sinclair does not believe would be out of character for trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich.
“It’s not a major surprise that there’s speculation with the manager,” Sinclair added.
“It’s in-between the second and third seasons and if you look at the recent history of the football club, no manager has seen out three seasons.
“So it’s a format that happens and it’s one that is successful in [terms of] the trophies that Chelsea have won over the past 10, 15 years.”