Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has five managers on shortlist to replace Frank Lampard
Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly has a list of five managers who he is eyeing as potential replacements for Frank Lampard. Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League matches to put a huge dent in their title hopes after a strong start to the season. The Blues are just three points off the top four but most clubs above them have one, if not two, games in hand.
Chelsea’s latest defeat was the 3-1 loss to Manchester City last Sunday.
Reports after the match claimed Lampard was under serious pressure for his position.
Abramovich has a history of dismissing managers and it appears Lampard’s legendary status as a player at Stamford Bridge may not be enough to keep him his job.
And the Russian has already made a shortlist of managers he would be keen on appointing if Lampard were to be sacked.
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The Mail say Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is one candidate being eyed by the Blues.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is the only other manager on the list who is currently in a job.
His predecessor at Leipzig Ralf Rangnick is also named as a target for Chelsea.
As is Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain in December.
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And former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, who has been out of work since leaving the Old Lady in 2019, makes up the quintet.
The Mail says Chelsea are willing to give Lampard more time to turn fortunes around.
However, defeat to local rivals Fulham next Friday could spell trouble for the former midfielder.
Next up for Chelsea is the FA Cup third round tie against Morecambe on Sunday.
And ahead of the match, Lampard hit back at his critics and is confident he has what it takes to improve the club’s results.
“If I didn’t want that challenge I could have sat on the telly and done an easier job,” he said.
“I could have been a pundit, commenting on what everyone does with hindsight, whenever I want, and I don’t want to do that.
“I’m very confident in what I do, whether people think I’ve been a manager for two-and-a-half years, or whatever.
“I’ve been playing football since I could walk. I’ve been playing professionally for 20-odd years.
“I want to win games. I don’t like losing games. On Monday, I was disappointed because we lost to a team that was better than us on the day.
“On Tuesday, I woke up determined to get better and win our next game. That’s the way I see it.”
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