REVEALED: Frank Lampard WILL be sacked if he cannot get Chelsea back in the race for the top four with doubts emerging in Blues boardroom over his suitability for the job – despite desire to back him for now
- Chelsea do not want to make any snap decisions over Frank Lampard’s future
- The club are on a dreadful run having lost five of their previous eight matches
- A will remains to give the club legend the chance to turn their fortunes around
- But his lack of experience is becoming an increasing concern in the boardroom
Frank Lampard faces losing his job if he cannot revive Chelsea’s top-four aspirations as the club’s hierarchy begin to lose patience.
As Sportsmail revealed on January 5, the Blues do not want to make any snap decisions over the future of their club legend despite a dreadful run that has seen them lose five of their previous eight games.
There remains a will to give Lampard an opportunity to arrest the club’s dreadful form despite the emphatic nature of their latest loss to Leicester.
Frank Lampard faces losing his job if he cannot revive Chelsea’s top-four aspirations
The club do not want to make snap decisions despite losing five of their last eight games
There is an acknowledgement that Lampard worked wonders to get Chelsea into the Champions League last season and still view him as a very promising young manager.
But there are now doubts emerging from within the Chelsea boardroom over his suitability as head coach, particularly with regards to his lack of experience.
There is now a growing sense that Lampard is facing an uphill battle to convince his bosses he is man to lead Chelsea into the long-term.
Lampard is under no illusion of the fate that awaits him if he cannot transform his team’s season.
There is acknowledgement that Lampard has worked wonders with young players like Callum Hudson-Odoi (left) and Mason Mount to reach the Champions League
The Blues face Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday before crucial Premier League matches against Wolves, Burnley and Tottenham.
That sequence of games is likely to prove crucial in determining Lampard’s future.
Qualifying for next season’s Champions League is viewed as the absolute minimum by owner Roman Abramovich, who will effectively make the final decision on Lampard’s future.
Sources claim the club would prefer to make a decision at the end of the season but if Chelsea’s season continues to implode there are indications Lampard could even lose his job before then.
Lampard is under no illusion of the fate that awaits him if he cannot transform their season
The Blues are currently five points adrift of a top-four place, but that gap will extend to eight if Liverpool beat Burnley tonight.
If that gap was to grow, then Abramovich could be forced into bringing a decision over Lampard forward.
Chelsea could seal qualification for next season’s Champions League by winning the competition this term, but they face La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the last 16.
Qualifying for next season’s Champions League is a minimum for owner Roman Abramovich
Given the club’s £200million spree on new talent including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell – there is a feeling behind the scenes the team have underperformed this season and should be much closer to the top-four than they currently are.
The fact Havertz and Werner – who were among the most sought after players in Europe last summer – have struggled since their arrival from Germany is another concern within the Blues boardroom.
As a result the club have started the process of identifying potential successors to Lampard.
Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri would be among the names Chelsea consider if they part with Lampard. The pair are currently out of work so wouldn’t cost Chelsea any compensation, though Allegri could be an option for Roma if they decide to part with Paulo Fonseca.
Kai Havertz (left) and Timo Werner’s struggles are another concern for the Blues boardroom
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann also have their admirers at Chelsea, but the Blues know they are unlikely to lure either mid-season.
Indeed, Chelsea’s preference to wait until the end of the season to make a definitive decision on their head coach is influenced by the fact they’d be better placed to attract potential managers who are currently in work.
Mauricio Pochettino would be the club’s No 1 choice to replace Lampard, but he recently replaced Tuchel at Paris Saint Germain.
Thomas Tuchel (left) and Massimiliano Allegri would be among the names Chelsea consider if they part with Lampard
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