Frank Lampard and Derby tasted defeat in the playoff final.
Interestingly, the Italian tactician penned a three-year contract last summer, after replacing compatriot Antonio Conte at the Bridge.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, with the Italian heavily linked with the Juventus hot seat following Massimiliano Allegri's departure.
The former Chelsea midfielder may be loved by the Stamford Bridge faithful following his 13-year playing career at the club.
It's being reported by Goal.com that Chelsea have already spoken with Frank Lampard about taking over as manager should Maurizio Sarri leave the club to join Juventus.
"He is the ideal choice". Having the results they've had, I think it's a good option to have him for another year. "They have tried with all these great managers".
"So are you going to continue doing that, and keep blowing money away with these managers who you have to pay up after two years?" People talk about experience but what experience did Pep [Guardiola] have when he went into [the] Barcelona first team? "At a time when managers are scared and under pressure not to play kids, I think it will be refreshing", continued Ferdinand.
"Would Lampard wilt under the pressure when big players throw a wobbly in training?" The potential takeover of Newcastle United is serving as a major distraction and the contract saga between the club and Benitez is impacting the course of action internal and external players plan to take.
Chelsea legend Petr Cech will also return to west London as Chelsea Sporting Director in July.
While Juve are trying to secure Sarri without paying compensation Chelsea are refusing to budge and won't let him leave until their demands are met.