Chelsea: Will Frank Lampard get more time?
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will have to sack Frank Lampard if the Blues head coach loses the dressing room, claims former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara. Chelsea have lost five of their last eight Premier League matches and sit eighth in the table. Lampard’s side are five points off the top four, despite playing a game more than some of the teams above them.
O’Hara believes Abramovich must consider if Lampard is the right man to take the club forward.
However, the pundit says if the Russian believes Lampard has lost the dressing room, that would be the last straw which leads to his sacking.
O’Hara said on talkSPORT: “I think Abramovich needs to look at it and go: ‘Right, Lampard’s come in, he’s inexperienced but we brought him in and he did a good job last season’.
“He’s brought in new players that are obviously taking a little bit longer than they wanted to sell, it hasn’t quite worked for them.
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“[Abramovich must think]: ‘Do I still believe in what he’s doing? Do I believe this is the man to take the club forward? And do I believe he can get us into the top four this season?’, because Chelsea have to be in the top four.
“If he believes them things then he has to give Lampard the time. But if they keep losing and especially against the big sides, Leicester just strolled to a 2-0 victory and you’re looking at it thinking: ‘Has he still got the dressing room? Are they still believing in the philosophy of what he’s trying to do?’.
“If he doesn’t and he loses the dressing room, he’s got to go.”
Lampard spent around £220million on new signings last summer but is on course for a worse Premier League finish than in his first season in charge, despite not being able to sign players due to the club’s transfer ban.
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O’Hara says some Chelsea players are not living up to their billing but insists Lampard will know the buck stops with him.
“I think when Lampard came in they had to play them young lads didn’t he, and he did do a fantastic job,” O’Hara added.
“The pressure’s been on this season because he’s spent £200m, brought players in from some of the best teams in Europe and it hasn’t quite worked.
“I feel for him a little bit because the players obviously have to put in the performances on the pitch, and they’re not doing it.
“Timo Werner just doesn’t look like the player he was at Leipzig; he can’t finish, his touch is off and he doesn’t look sharp.
“[Kai] Havertz has come in and he’s playing like an academy player.
“When you bring in a player for £70m you expect things to happen straight away.
“I feel for him a little bit, but at the end of the day it’s Chelsea Football Club, he knows the pressures, he’s been there and done it, and seen managers come and go, so he can’t expect a different run just because he’s Frank Lampard and a club legend.”
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