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Frank Lampard is now “under serious threat” of losing his job as Chelsea manager, according to a report.
Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League games, with their struggles continuing with a 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Consequently, the pressure on Lampard is mounting. The manager received strong backing in the summer transfer market, but despite a promising start to the season, things don’t seem to be working.
Chelsea have had no qualms about firing managers in recent years. Although Lampard is held in high regard for his achievements as a player, the club may have a difficult decision to make.
According to AthleticLampard’s job is now “under serious threat” following the loss to City.
The report claims that there are “tensions” between the coach and some of his players. Lampard is said to have a “group of trusted regulars”, and players outside of that group are unhappy with their man management.
There are also concerns about Kai Havertz and Timo Werner’s summer investment struggles. The German duo have been struggling to return their high prices.
Those are just two factors that concern the club. However, the most obvious is the decrease in results.
Chelsea have won just three of their last 10 matches in all competitions. They have now dropped to eighth place in the Premier League table.
The report goes on to state that Chelsea is already looking for possible replacements for Lampard. They know it wouldn’t be too expensive to fire him.
If the current state of form continues, the club can act. However, if Chelsea can resurrect their early-season form, Lampard could stay until the end of the season.
There is no deadline to make a decision, but the next three league games against Fulham, Leicester and Wolves could be crucial. Chelsea will show no sympathy if they continue their losing streak.
Most likely replacement named
The report adds that Chelsea would have considered Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement had he still been available.
Instead, the former Tottenham boss has taken over Paris Saint-Germain. That will force Chelsea to look elsewhere.
The top candidate on his list of possible replacements is claimed to be Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian has been out of work since leaving Juventus, with which he won five consecutive league titles, in 2019.
It would be a high-profile appointment for Chelsea if they decide to part ways with Lampard.
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However, the 42-year-old has suggested that there could still be good things for the Blues if they show the right reaction.
“I sat there and had these days and then lifted a trophy at the end of the year,” he said after the City loss.
“We recovered then because we had spirit in the dressing room and any soccer player will have periods like this.
“Some other defeats from other teams have been painful. We have to take it on the chin, this is football ”.
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