Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is expected to press on with an overhaul of his ageing squad this summer. The Telegraph says although Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked, just eight months after arriving at Chelsea, it does not mean that Abramovich will reverse his plans to overhaul the playing staff who he also blames for the current underperformance.

The future of the likes of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou will be decided in the summer.

It is thought they, and others, could still leave as Chelsea contemplate a radical change with yet another new manager.