Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea have already decided that they’re unlikely to ever consider appointing Brendan Rodgers as their manager, in the wake of comments he made back in 2014 while in charge of Liverpool. The Leicester boss is the favourite to replace Frank Lampard, should Roman Abramovich decide that change is necessary in west London.
Lampard is under increasing pressure following yesterday’s humiliating 3-1 defeat Manchester City.
While the result may not look so bad on paper, the Blues were outclassed from minute one as found themselves three goals behind at the break.
Chelsea are now said to be considering Lampard’s future and assessing potential replacements.
While the bookies consider Rodgers an obvious contender following his progress at Leicester and previous ties at Chelsea where he worked under Jose Mourinho, it appears the Northern Irishman is not under consideration.
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According to The Athletic, Rodgers has upset the Chelsea hierarchy in the past and will therefore not be offered the chance to manage the Blues.
Following his arrival at Liverpool, Rodgers appeared to poke several digs at Chelsea by suggesting he was now at a “big club”.
When discussing loanee Victor Moses in 2014, he told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s not easy when you come to a big club.
“You come from a really good club like Chelsea to a massive club like Liverpool, where there is expectancy every day.”
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Following interest from Arsenal, Rodgers committed his long-term future to Leicester in December 2019 by signing a new contract.
The deal is set to run until 2025 and following the opening of the club’s new multi-million-pound training centre, the Foxes have ambitious plans for the future with Rodgers at the helm.
Massimiliano Allegri, Thomas Tuchel and Rafael Benitez are the other names in contention.
Despite talk of the sack, Lampard was in a defiant mood after Chelsea’s latest setback against Man City.
“I’m not concerned on that point [about the sack],” Lampard said. “I expected periods of difficulty this year, I said it when we beat Leeds and everyone was championing us to be title contenders – I know that it doesn’t come that easy, I know where we’re at.
“Whether it puts pressure on me is regardless. Because a month ago everyone was asking when I’d sign a new contract, and now people will be saying different things because in quick succession, over a tight, busy period, we’ve lost four games of football.
“So the pressure remains constant in this job and you know in tough moments that will be there. I didn’t get into this job being unaware of that.
“My job is to keep working, my job is to try and lift the players who would have felt that in the first half, they would have felt the differences of City and their receiving of the ball and their individual ability to take the ball in tight areas. We’re fighting to try and match those levels and I know it takes time.”
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