Chelsea are reportedly looking at potential alternatives with Frank Lampard’s position as manager said to be increasingly in doubt.
The Blues started the season in decent form which led to some to prematurely suggest that they could be the nearest challengers to Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
However, that form has quite simply evaporated in recent weeks, picking up just four points from the last 18 available, to see them slide down to eighth in the league, although they are only three points behind the top four places.
They claim that Chelsea have ‘begun to explore alternative plans with a view to replacing Lampard if the current slump continues, if not sooner.’
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They report that there is no ‘definitive timeframe’ for a decision to be made on the managers future, and insist that the former midfielder could of course ‘see the season out’ if results were to improve.
The Athletic also report of off-field ‘tensions’ between Lampard and some ‘individuals’ in his squad, with the Englishman often reverting to a ‘trusted’ group of regular starters.
The 42-year-old was handed the top job at Chelsea 18 months ago after a single year in management at Derby County, and having earned praise for bringing through a number of young players, he supplemented that as club backed him with Europe’s largest transfer spend last summer with over £200 million of additions.
However, Lampard currently has the worst points-per-game statistics of any of the managers to have taken the helm at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich’s takeover of the club in 2003, the Russian owner having always shown his willingness to replace the manager over his 18 year ownership.
While there is no suggestion that Lampard could be sacked before their next outing against Morecambe on January 10th in the FA Cup third-round, the report will no doubt see pressure ramp up on the club legend.