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The word on the street is that Chelsea is considering parting ways with the coach, former captain and his favorite son Frank Lampard, after falling to eighth in the Premier League on Sunday night.
The Blues had been flying as recently as December and were 17 games undefeated after losing to Liverpool in the second game of the season. Having reviewed the team in the summer, Lampard’s team was emerging as a serious title challenger and advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League without breaking a sweat.
However, a few alarms were sounded after a 1-1 draw with Krasnodar, and since then, everything has gone down the drain. Before Sunday’s visit to Manchester City, their momentum had slowed and, having won just one of their last six games, things were not looking good.
However, the atmosphere that prevailed was one of defiance. A source indicated to 90min In the days leading up to the game Lampard had earned the trust of the board, and they were 100% committed to giving him at least the season to turn things around.
However, the nature of their loss to City appears to have dramatically changed the tone. They were 3-0 down at halftime next to Pep Guardiola, and were looking down the barrel of a truly embarrassing loss. It didn’t quite work out that way, as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s latest consolation restored a modicum of respectability, but the result and performance are believed to have sounded the alarm bells.
A report from Athletic In the hours after the game he suggested that his job was under ‘serious threat’, and that was followed by a separate piece on monday that suggested possible replacements that were being considered. Those in conflict with a report of The GuardianHowever, those who claim that it will give you more time to change things.
Regardless of the disagreement, however, a silly season began there, and reports from France have already suggested that Ukraine coach and former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is on the list of names. We have already had Brendan Rodgers, Rafa Benítez, Julian Nagelsmann and many others linked to a position that is not yet vacant.
When these things come to light, it can be difficult to separate logic from nonsense, but it is by no means ridiculous to suggest that Lampard could be fired soon. There is still a lot of support for the boss among Chelsea support, but owner Roman Abramovich is not merciful at best: The fact that Lampard was the fourteenth managerial appointment since taking over in 2003 attests to that.
Criticisms of Lampard are not exactly unfounded, either. He has the worst points per game (PPG) record of any Chelsea manager in the Abramovich era. Second worst is Andre Villas-Boas, who was fired before the end of his first season.
There are mitigating factors in Lampard’s case, of course, that give weight to the idea that he may still have time. It could be argued that he has only had the same resources as his counterparts for the last six months of his tenure, but his first season was an unexpected success despite being forced to operate under a transfer ban.
Yet several high-profile transfers this summer, collectively racking up over £ 200 million in transfer fees, have seen them recede, rather than progress. They are seven points behind Liverpool in a title race that appears to be up for grabs, and Lampard knows he will need a great response from his players in the coming weeks if he is to avoid an awkward call to the workplace.
They will face Morecambe in the FA Cup this weekend, allowing Covid, before traveling to Fulham next Friday. Anything but a couple of wins, and it may well be a sad and sudden ending for the Stamford Bridge hero.