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This definetly not the best written article from The Athletic.

 

Frank Lampard on the brink at Chelsea after Manchester City defeat

January 3, 2021Updated 6:25 PM UTC

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Frank Lampard’s position as Chelsea manager is under serious threat following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey can reveal.

Chelsea spent over £200 million on new signings in the summer, but have won just one out of their last six Premier League matches and currently sit a disappointing eighth in the table, level on points with Aston Villa, Southampton and West Ham.

Sources have told The Athletic that Chelsea have started to explore alternative plans with a view to replacing Lampard if the current slump continues, if not sooner.

Where has it gone wrong for Lampard?

Today’s loss to a Manchester City side depleted by COVID-19 sees Chelsea drop to eighth in the Premier League table.

 

The club invested over £200 million in new signings in the summer, only to win three points fewer than at this same stage of the season last year.

 

Their total of 26 points from 17 matches is the second-worst of the Roman Abramovich era, with only Jose Mourinho’s disastrous 2015-16 season ranking lower.

What else are the board concerned by?

The Athletic understands the club’s hierarchy are increasingly concerned by recent form and the struggles of summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

 

After a bright start, Werner’s performances have declined sharply. He has now failed to score in his last 12 appearances for Chelsea — his worst scoring drought for more than four years.

 

Havertz’s struggles since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen have been even more pronounced and the 21-year-old has started the last four Premier League matches on the bench.

Has Lampard lost the dressing room?

He has not lost the dressing room but it is undoubtedly a divided one.

 

Sources have told The Athletic that tensions between Lampard and a number of individuals in his squad — particularly those who have found themselves outside his group of trusted regular starters — have been growing for some time, and now factor into the board’s negative assessment of the overall health of the situation at Cobham.

Is he a sitting duck?

The Chelsea board have a decision to make in the light of Sunday's comprehensive defeat by Manchester City. They had already started to explore alternative plans with a view to replacing Lampard if the situation does not get better.

 

Chelsea have always backed their judgement in these situations in the past and will not hesitate to act sooner rather than later this time around if they decide a change is required.

What else do I need to know?

For a comprehensive look at Lampard’s precarious situation — including why his pleas for understanding are now falling on deaf ears at Stamford Bridge — Go Deeper with The Athletic below.

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Jesus fucking christ, I still see some fans wanting to give Lampard time, showing City and Pep as an example of working together for years and working on the system and their play...

We go a goal down and fall apart. No urgency to get back into it. They scored within 2 minutes..so bad

Well tbf...despite how horrible his team is now and everything gone to shit, he still deserves credit for securing CL for another year in a season when lot of people wrote us off, after Hazard's depar

4 minutes ago, DDA said:

Very true.. ahhh I just hate seeing Frank in this position. The fairy tail relationship is souring a little because of this and I know our fanbase can be extremely toxic when they want to be. 

 

7 minutes ago, Jason said:

In some ways, I can see why Lampard took the job but on the other hand as @Mana said, he could have just said "no" and continued to improve himself first. If he does well enough, then surely the job will come to him at some point. You brought up Steven Gerrard the other day and he's a good example of learning the trade elsewhere first, improve himself as a manager and potentially take over a big club (likely Liverpool after Klopp). Whether Gerrard will become a great manager remains to be seen but at least he is giving himself a platform and building the experience now for the future. The same can't be said about Lampard and if he gets sacked, he will have to go rebuild his career at a smaller club and start from scratch again. 

Maybe he thought if didnt take it wouldn't get the chance to again? Who knows. Wasnt the wisest decision giving the circumstances at the time. At all.

Hopefully now he'll take a step back. Rebuild somewhere else and have more then one club under his belt. Needs way way way more experience more jumping in. It might have paid off but so far..it hasn't. 

 

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1 hour ago, Hutcho said:

They do.
Lampard needs to be better for sure with his tactics and decision making. But he can't do the work for them and I think it's fair to expect more from a lot of the players.

But it is a crazy season. Ole was terrible, then it was arteta, now ole is amazing and title contenders and arteta has righted the ship so I wouldn't write anything off.

He hasn't lost the dressing room which is important and he can right the ship I believe but there is a lot of work needed. I don't think they will sack him before the end of the season but we will need to start performing the next 5/10 games.

Whether we go into the January window or not though will be interesting. I doubt they'll want to chuck more money at it if they think they're gonna sack him in the spring/summer.

Doesn't seem that way based on City's goal blitz. Did you not see how easily they scored their first and second with barely any opposition from the Chelsea players?

First 10 mins, Chelsea were pressing intensely, and after the first DeBruyne shot, they just caved in. The attitude of the team isn't right and Frank doesn't look like he can fix it.

I mean, who is he going to drop, and who he is he going to bring on in the coming games to fight for him? I think he has rubbed quite a few players the wrong way with his selections. Werner based on his performance from last 2 weeks is undeserving of a start.

Granted, he tried him out at CF which is what a lot of people were clamoring for, but where City the best team for him to play against? Also would you trust a low confidence player against the best defense in the league?

Its a shame., because this isn't want anyone wanted. Everyone knew with an inexperienced manager and team, that we would have bad runs of form on occasion. But this a big slump we are in right now., and close to the midway point of the season. He is walking on thin ice. 

 

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We have largely overpaid players like Werner or Kai Havertz. 80 or 90 millions £ for the latter, while he is worth 30$ at best, what a waste of money. Germans keep laughing at the top-off. Same for Werner. Bang average player for mid-table Bundesliga team. Overall, Pathetic performance again today. But Lampard is not a manager for the PL right? Maybe French league 2.
 

 

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1 hour ago, Laylabelle said:

 

Maybe he thought if didnt take it wouldn't get the chance to again? Who knows. Wasnt the wisest decision giving the circumstances at the time. At all.

Hopefully now he'll take a step back. Rebuild somewhere else and have more then one club under his belt. Needs way way way more experience more jumping in. It might have paid off but so far..it hasn't. 

 

Yes. Many pieces on Lampard mention this detail that he thought that getting the Chelsea job was something he couldn't pass up. 

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1 minute ago, Special Juan said:

The best news tomorrow is he's been sacked.

It won't happen...

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Poor game but expected loss.

The quick goals after promising first few minutes broke us. Then with our low confidene completely collapsed. Fail to get full points from the next 4 league games and top4 is gone. Already looking forward to Guus Hiddink as caretaker lol

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28 minutes ago, Special Juan said:

It will, mark my words.

If nothing happens tomorrow, then what?

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Arsenal could be level on points with us by the time we kick off at Fulham on January 15. 

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2 hours ago, Blue Armour said:

Well tbf...despite how horrible his team is now and everything gone to shit, he still deserves credit for securing CL for another year in a season when lot of people wrote us off, after Hazard's departure, especially with no transfer window.

Don't think we should complain too much about him coming in when he did., even if he ultimately wasn't the right choice.

Ask yourself this. If Sarri was still our coach, would we still have gotten top 4?

Lampard hasn’t done anything extraordinary. The reason why it looked extraordinary because he was a rookie coach with no experience. That’s why most people didn’t give us a prayer.

But he only managed to get us over the line on the final day of the season. That’s really nothing special on a grand scheme of things. It’s not like Chelsea is West Ham or Palace in a different name.

If Sarri was still in charge, we would have expected Sarri to get top 4 - even with the ban.

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10 minutes ago, Jason said:

Arsenal could be level on points with us by the time we kick off at Fulham on January 15. 

That's shite...they crept up quick! Theyve only played 2 games since they beat us..

..we can also find ourselves 10 behind Man U if they win their game in hand. Not that they were miles behind but even so. How its turned

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Rewatched the penalty incident and it definitely was a penalty. A clear foul and clearly right on the line of the box. might well have changed the game completely. Another corruped ref classic. Not an excuse for the performance tho

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Foden is great final 3rd midfielder. 

Already 6 goals and 5 assists this season. Compere that to our midfielders. 

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16 minutes ago, Mana said:

Ask yourself this. If Sarri was still our coach, would we still have gotten top 4?

Lampard hasn’t done anything extraordinary. The reason why it looked extraordinary because he was a rookie coach with no experience. That’s why most people didn’t give us a prayer.

But he only managed to get us over the line on the final day of the season. That’s really nothing special on a grand scheme of things. It’s not like Chelsea is West Ham or Palace in a different name.

If Sarri was still in charge, we would have expected Sarri to get top 4 - even with the ban.

Well Sarri didn't stay. That's why we were left with a problem.

Sarri staying would have been a far safer bet than anyone else coming in at that point. At least he would know where to pick up, and possibly even got us closer to playing the kind of football he envisioned.

If Sarri had stayed, then the club wouldn't have approached Lampard. Lampard instead would have been coaching Derby for another year in the championship., with Tomori and possibly Mount.

What I'm saying is Lampard didn't push for the job. He was given a high risk, high reward offer from the club, and he made the most of what he could. He should take credit for whatever he achieved last season.

Anyway, all that is irrelevant now. Just like that quote from the blade runner movie, 'tears in the rain' at this point. He's in a position that even experienced managers would struggle to worm their way out of. A slump. The end is almost here

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1 hour ago, Jason said:

Arsenal could be level on points with us by the time we kick off at Fulham on January 15. 

Damn.... After laughing at them for so long this season. This would hurt 

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Rewatched the penalty incident and it definitely was a penalty. A clear foul and clearly right on the line of the box. might well have changed the game completely. Another corruped ref classic. Not an excuse for the performance tho
Yes, but sadly we do not get even 100% penalties, while Man United receive penalties for just diving.

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3 minutes ago, killer1257 said:

Yes, but sadly we do not get even 100% penalties, while Man United receive penalties for just diving.

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Yeah. this is really why i am considering to quit football altogether. i can not stand this injustice any longer really.... esp given how i hate ManUre. I can deal with other teams winning if they win fair and square, even ManUre but this is just oo much. 11 fkin pens gifted.... add to that all the other pens that have been recalled by VAR despite obvious fouls.At the sametime we have been denied 5 stonewall pens this season and had multiple other bad var decisions that cost us goals. this has just made it all worse

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