Frank Lampard is in danger of being sacked at Chelsea after the Blues slipped down to eighth in the Premier League standings after a 2-0 reversal against Leicester.
Chelsea could very well miss out on Champions League qualification unless Lampard can address a worrying dip in form, with a home fixture against Luton Town up next in the FA Cup. Crucial top-flight fixtures against Wolves and Burnley follow that meeting with the Hatters, and Lampard must deliver three wins to avoid being sacked by Roman Abramovich.
Lampard might make the end of the season, but he has to go on a run of winning games now. He can’t go through getting knocked out of the cup or getting a horrendous result against Burnley or Wolves at Stamford Bridge. He won’t survive that, and if Abramovich figures out that Chelsea won’t be making it to the Champions League, Lampard is in big trouble.
With all the baggage having over Lampard, who should replace him? Brendan Rodgers is the best candidate for the top job at Stamford Bridge ahead of Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel as pressure continues to build on the current manager.
Lampard is now midway through his second season in charge at Chelsea, which has so far been a huge disappointment for a fanbase that had initially been excited to see a club legend bring together a new pool of talent worth over £200 million. Chelsea spent big to secure deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy in the summer transfer window, while also managing to pick up Brazilian defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer.
Recently sacked PSG boss Tuchel and former Juventus tactician Allegri have both been strongly linked with his position. Allegri is known for pragmatism, but Abramovich has always tried to get away from that. He had enough of it under Jose Mourinho.
Thomas Tuchel has done a decent job at Borussia Dortmund and PSG but he doesn’t exactly fit the mold. Brendan Rodgers is arguably the third best coach in the Premier League. He has guided Leicester to a fifth-place Premier League finish last term and they look like genuine title contenders this time around, with the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes leading their charge.
The 47-year-old coached Chelsea’s academy side at the start of his managerial career before going onto to take in spells at Watford, Reading, Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic. Rodgers ticks all the right boxes to succeed Lampard at the Bridge. He’s also worked at Chelsea before with the younger kids.
Would Rodgers have more understanding of what he wants with the Chelsea squad because of his experience compared to Lampard? Yes, he would.