If there’s anything constant under Roman Abramovich’s reign at Stamford Bridge, it’s the continuous reports of potential replacements for managers who have failed to bring silverware or at least, record wins while in charge of Chelsea. Lampard’s tenure at Chelsea isn’t any different, with reports suggesting that the club has started looking at potential replacements for Chelsea legend.
After a run of four defeats in their last seven matches Chelsea are currently facing a mini-crisis, especially with defeats against Arsenal and Manchester City, despite a £220m investment in the squad. However, the Chelsea hierarchy would need to be patient and think long-term, instead of following their normal routine of sacking managers when things don’t go according to plan immediately.
Football moves fast, with opinions open to changing within a blink of an eye, and a perfect example is Arteta’s time at Arsenal. End of last season, Arteta led his team to FA cup victory, he was lauded for this, next thing this season, his side was set for a relegation battle, three victories after, there were calls that his side would be going to Europe. This is a perfect example of how the media focuses on short-term media tales, hence why Abramovich and his board should back Frank Lampard and see if his long-term goal would be achieved.
Chelsea are currently eighth, but are only seven points behind league leaders Liverpool (although with a game in hand). They also had a spell of 17 games unbeaten, a sign that there are good things to come and this is only a rough patch for the club.
More pressure comes from the amount of money spent during the summer, especially considering the economic impact of the pandemic, but it should also be put into consideration, the little time Lampard had to get his team together with the new amount of players, coupled with some of his players getting injured or contacting the virus.
Whether the club would give Lampard more time, we would have to wait and see, but the next few matches would highly determine the Englishman’s future, while this is his just his third season as a manager, if he’s to remain in the reigns of the club, he needs to get his talented young squad together and grab some wins.
By Muyiwa Aguda
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