Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, is among the leading candidates to replace Antonio Conte this summer.
Current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looks set to depart in the summer and could be replaced by Allegri with reports claiming that Roman Abramovich is a fan of the Juve manager.
However, Paul Merson fears the Italian will be unable to prevent Chelsea’s decline and are facing the prospect of becoming also-rans like London rivals Arsenal.
“Antonio Conte is on his way out, but I can’t see the owner spending bundles of money in the summer,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“I can see Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois leaving. These are worrying times for Chelsea. I don’t see any way back for them. I think they’re going to be also-rans again next season. Other teams have come flying past them and will only get stronger. Tottenham and Liverpool are already ahead of them.
“Manchester United will spend big again. I don’t see City dropping out of the top four either, so Chelsea could be out of the Champions League for years to come in my opinion – just like Arsenal.
“Allegri might help. He’s a good manager. But he comes from a league which is nothing like ours and there are no guarantees he will be a big success.
“It’s not the manager you have to worry about though. It’s the owner. He doesn’t seem to want to back his team in the transfer market.
“It’s a big worry because that Chelsea team isn’t good enough and whoever takes over from Conte in the summer is going to realise that pretty quick.”