Frank Lampard will have the chance to fight for a job at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard faces an uphill battle to convince owner Roman Abramovich he is capable of putting an end to the blues’ scorching form.
Seen as potential title contenders earlier in the season, Chelsea have now slipped to eighth in the Premier League table and currently find themselves on a streak of just three wins in their last ten games in all competitions.
Lampard’s side was completely swept away by Leicester City on Tuesday after which the boss’s future was immediately put in the spotlight, and that doesn’t look good for Lampard.
Sky Sports News begins by stating the obvious: They say Lampard will be sacked if he doesn’t get Chelsea back on track in the near future, and the Blues will pull the trigger if they believe someone is there. else who can do better with this group of players.
It is suggested that the only reason Lampard is still in employment is because Chelsea are determined to enter this new era of longevity, and they have seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta turn things around after bumpy patches with Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.
However, The Guardian notes that Abramovich could be forced into action if he feels Chelsea are too far outside the Champions League, and concerns are already growing in this regard as officials at the club started looking for possible replacements.
A big concern for Chelsea is the lack of immediate alternatives. Several reports suggest the Blues are not completely in love with the short-term candidates available, with neither Thomas Tuchel nor Massimiliano Allegri receiving much love at Stamford Bridge.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is one of the men high on the wishlist, but the Telegraph believes he wouldn’t quit his current job until the end of the season.
This could see Chelsea turning to former Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis, ahead of a push for Nagelsmann this summer, although The Independent believes Abramovich is against the idea of a short-term solution.
For now, the general consensus is that Lampard will have another chance to turn the tide, but Chelsea are ready to see his head roll if nothing changes.
This puts the boss under immense pressure ahead of Chelsea’s next three games. Wolves and Burnley will travel to Stamford Bridge before the end of the month, after which a trip across London to see Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham is on the schedule.
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