Frank Lampard is on the brink of losing his job as Chelsea manager.
Chelsea succumbed to a chastening 3-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, going into half-time with a three-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge before scoring a stoppage-time consolation through Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The defeat leaves them eighth in the Premier League table after 17 games as Lampard’s fate hangs in the balance following a run of just one victory in seven games.
The Chelsea hierarchy are seemingly considering replacing the former midfielder as a result, with his position now ‘under serious threat’.
The Athletic report that ‘alternative plans’ are being contemplated at Stamford Bridge in a ‘fluid situation’. Lampard does not have a set amount of games to save himself, nor is there a particular match in mind that Chelsea must win to secure his position.
‘The club’s hierarchy are concerned by recent form and the struggles of summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner,’ the story continues, adding claims of ‘tensions’ between the manager and some member of the squad ‘who have found themselves outside his group of trusted regular starters’.
No specific potential replacement is named but the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino at PSG is mentioned as a ‘positive’ for Lampard as he would inevitably have come into consideration.
The manager spoke of “individual mistakes” costing the Blues against City.
“They punished us,” he added after the game. “If you want to reach the top level, which City have been for a few years now, you have to accept the pressures. The second half we competed but at 3-0 the game was pretty much done.
“I am not trying to talk up the last 20 minutes of the game because at 3-0 the vitals of the game have changed, but I was still looking for a reaction.”