Frank Lampard’s position as Chelsea manager is said to be in jeopardy, following their disappointing 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday night.
City scored three first-half goals at Stamford Bridge to put the game past their opponents with Callum Hudson-Odoi grabbing a consolation in the dying seconds. The defeat was Chelsea’s fourth in six Premier League appearances and leaves them seven points behind leaders Liverpool, who also have a game in hand.
Despite spending over £ 200million this summer, the Blues have looked mediocre in recent weeks, with the form of big fund arrivals from Kai Havertz and Timo Werner being of particular concern. According to the Athletic, this is one of the many reasons Lampard is in bag danger.
There are also growing tensions between the manager and several Chelsea players who have been deprived of first-team football so far this season.
The most notable bone of contention is the recent poor form of the Blues. The loss to City means Chelsea have accumulated fewer points after 17 Premier League appearances this season than in the last campaign. Unsurprisingly, the council considers this unacceptable, given their significant summer expenses.
However, as 90 mins reported earlier this week, there’s a good chance the Blues will stay with Lampard until the end of the quarter at least. He only has 18 months left to fulfill his current contract and the club still have plans to have talks about his long-term future at the end of the current season.
His chances to last until the summer have also been bolstered by Mauricio Pochettino’s recent decision to take over at Paris-Saint Germain. The former Tottenham boss is admired by Chelsea decision-makers but is now unavailable.
Convincing a manager to take over mid-season could prove tricky, even if the man Pochettino replaced, Thomas Tuchel, is in the market.