Mauricio Pochettino will be confirmed as the next permanent Chelsea manager in the next 48 hours.
The former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss has now signed ahead of the final game of the Premier League season in west London on Sunday.
Frank Lampard will lead the team as they finish 14th in the table for the last time this afternoon with Newcastle, drawing the curtain down after a disappointing season.
According to TelegraphPochettino has signed a three-year contract and will quickly get to work pruning a bloated squad that has become almost unmanageable.
As many as six senior players are reported to have told the club they want to leave in the coming season, while Pochettino will also make a late attempt to persuade Mason Mount to commit his future to his childhood club.
The England international is set to enter the last 12 months of his contract and as the resolution is not taken, Manchester United are poised to test Chelsea’s resolve by opening a £55m bid.
Lampard has been asked to summarize the task facing Pochettino after Thursday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and the interim boss has admitted it won’t be easy.
He said: “That remains to be seen, but I can’t jump into the future. I think it’s a fantastic job because it’s a job at Chelsea.
“When I took it, when I first came in, I probably got the job because a lot of the top managers didn’t want the job.
“I know that was a big part of it, but I like the process and I like coming.
“I wish the new manager good luck. I guess that’s his problem,” before jokingly telling reporters, “Is that the headline you wanted?