Frank Lampard’s future at Chelsea is ‘under serious threat’ after another bad result and the west London club are already weighing up potential replacements, according to reports.
The Blues’ winter slump continued on Sunday against Manchester City, losing 3-1 and giving up 18 shots – the most by an opponent at Stamford Bridge in the last seven years.
After an even start, City cut through Chelsea with ease in a rampant and ruthless first-half performance, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all getting on the scoresheet.
Chelsea have now won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions and slipped down the table, with their latest defeat leaving them in 8th place in the table – just three points ahead of an Arsenal team who were in a dire position just a couple of weeks ago.
Pressure is mounting on Lampard and, according to The Athletic, the west London club have already begun drawing up a plan with a view to replacing Lampard if their current slump continues.
The manager, who spent 13 years at Chelsea as a player, is not expected to be given any extra time to turn things around due to his status at the club, with the board prepared to act just as ruthlessly as they have done in the past.
In fact, Chelsea may not even give Lampard time to turn the team’s fortunes around, particularly after seeing Mauricio Pochettino snapped up by PSG; the former Spurs boss was extremely highly rated within the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge and would have been top of their list to replace Lampard.
According to The Athletic’s report, Chelsea’s board are also aware of growing tensions between Lampard and a number of players within the squad who feel they are being overlooked in favour of his trusted regulars.
Any assessment of Lampard’s job at Chelsea so far will also look at the significant backing he was given in the summer, spending over £200million, but Timo Werner is enduring a miserable run of form in front of goal and Kai Havertz cannot get in the starting XI.
Chelsea’s board will not hesitate in getting rid of Lampard if the slump continues – they face Fulham, Leicester and Wolves in their next three Premier League games, which could be decisive.
With Pochettino no longer available, the likeliest name in the frame to replace Lampard is Massimiliano Allegri who has been out of work since leaving Juventus in 2019 after leading the club to five straight Serie A titles.