Frank Lampard could be sacked by Chelsea if they suffer defeat away at Leicester on Tuesday night, it has been claimed.
Lampard’s position as Blues boss is hanging by a thread despite recent wins over Morecambe and Fulham, with a dismal run of four defeats in six games beforehand plunging his future at Stamford Bridge into doubt.
His side now face a pivotal trip to Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Foxes, who are six points away in third place having taken 11 points from their last five games.
Chelsea are yet to beat a top-eight team in the Premier League this season and will hope to break that duck when they visit the King Power.
But if they slump to a fifth defeat in eight matches, The Athletic’s Simon Johnson believes Lampard could be sacked as early as Tuesday night.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, Johnson was asked by presenter Andy Goldstein whether the former Chelsea midfielder could be axed immediately after the Leicester match if it ends in defeat.
He simply replied: “Oh yes.”
Chelsea were still being touted as potential title contenders at the start of December amid a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Back-to-back defeats away at Everton and Wolves soon brought them crashing back down to earth, before a 3-1 drubbing at the hands of a struggling Arsenal side on Boxing Day derailed their season and heaped the pressure on Lampard.
Nevertheless, the nadir of his time as Blues manager came three days into the new year, with Manchester City scoring three goals in the first 34 minutes of their eventual 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
“When people were touting us as title challengers, we do have the squad when you look at the composition of it — but it's very young, particularly in the forward areas,” Lampard said before the trip to Leicester.
“We don't have the history of players in those areas that this club has had before, who are goal machines or assist machines that win you games.
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“With our team it's potential. We haven't got Eden Hazard contributing 50 per cent of goals or assists. We haven't got a Diego Costa scoring 30 goals.
“We are developing those players and I believe in them strongly, but at the moment we are not quite where other teams around us maybe are at the front end of the pitch. For us, there could be tough times.”
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