The London club announced the dismissal of manager Graham Potter on Sunday after a succession of disappointing performances left the expensively created squad 11th in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s new ownership hired Potter in September after luring him away from Brighton & Hove Albion, but the Englishman only lasted 31 games and won 12 of them before being released.
Although Potter oversaw victories in the Champions League, where they won their group after defeating AC Milan twice and eliminating Borussia Dortmund, their league success plummeted as they dropped from the top four to the bottom half of the standings.
His final game in command was Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. It resulted in boos and jeers from the Stamford Bridge crowd as it left Chelsea 12 points below the top four and at risk of losing out on European competition next season.
“Graham has agreed to collaborate with the club to facilitate a smooth transition,” Chelsea said in a statement.