Chelsea will not rush into appointing a permanent replacement for Maurizio Sarri, if the Italian is sacked but will hand the reins over to Gianfranco Zola until the summer instead, Sport Mediaset reports.
Sarri is set for crunch talks over his future at Stamford Bridge, following Sunday’s 6-0 defeat against Manchester City.
It was the biggest loss Chelsea have suffered since 1991 and leaves them in sixth place in the Premier League table.
The club is yet to make a decision over whether to stick with Sarri, though his dig at owner Roman Abramovich in the wake of the defeat, will have done little to help his cause.
Should he be sacked before the end of the season, assistant coach Zola will be put in charge on a caretaker basis, until the end of the season.