Having been struggling with the team recently, Frank Lampard has been brought under scrutiny and he doesn’t think that being a Chelsea legend will let him be dealt with more than other managers that have coached the team.
The London club has been going through a poor run of form recently as they were only able to secure one victory in their last six outings, which led to rumors of the Blues’ possibility to change their manager in mid-season.
Lampard, who took up the manager position in the summer of 2019 as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri, admitted that there was a risk in his reputation at a club, where he was considered as one of the greatest players of all time.
The 42-year-old English manager understands that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could make the decision to send him away from the club any time, considering he had witnessed his fair share of managers being sacked during his 13 years playing career for the west London giants.
When asked if he could be given more time than other managers before him, Lampard said: “All I want to concentrate on is the job in hand, I can’t control everything and I certainly don’t want to rely on what’s happened in the past.
“What I see right now in terms of the position of the club, a month ago everything was rosy. Now everything – and very quickly – is negative. I have to look positively and things I can’t control outside of that I feel are a waste of time.
“I have felt huge support from this club in the period I’ve been back as a manager. As a player, I felt huge support for 13 years and, in the end, I left the club because they wanted to move onto other things.
“I understand what football is. I understand the demands and expectations. So I don’t think I have earned the right for anything that takes me out of that situation. All I can do is be honest with how I see things.
“I understand there is work to be done here and the position we are in. The young players had a tough year last year and with the new players coming in this year who are expected to produce at a young age immediately, there are going to be challenged.”
The Chelsea legend, however, praised Abramovich for the part he played in his football career while also saying that the Blues billionaire can remove him anytime he wishes as his time as a player shouldn’t influence his time as a manager. Considering his struggles with the club, some sites and https://www.boylesports.com/ have talked about Lampard’s chances of getting axed before the end of the season.
“It’s, of course, his prerogative,” Lampard continued. “I have to sit here and say that when he came to Chelsea all those years ago, it made my career. Who knows where I might have gone otherwise in my career, but fortunately I was at a club that the owner bought into and absolutely changed the face of it.
“That changed my life and I understand that. However, I don’t think that should give me a head start. I’m here and I think the job I did last season, to finish fourth, was a huge positive given the constraints. After that, I need to go again.”
Frank Lampard spent 13 years with Chelsea, of which he was able to help the club lift three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two EFL Cups, two FA Community Shield, a Champions League title, and a Europa League. Playing as a midfielder, he became Chelsea’s all-time goalscorer with 211 goals in 648 appearances in all competitions.
With his record as a player for the club, many were hoping he could coach the team back to their glory days, but reality seems a little bit cruel to him as it seems he won’t be getting much time just like his previous predecessors.
At this point, Lampard can only remain as Chelsea manager if their form improves for the better.