Chelsea urged to sack Frank Lampard if Blues suffer Morecambe upset – boss has ‘no excuse’

Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?

Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has claimed that Chelsea will have no alternative but to sack manager Frank Lampard if they are beaten at home by League Two side Morecambe on Sunday. The Blues will be expecting nothing less than victory in their FA Cup third round clash, but have tasted defeat against lower-league opposition at Stamford Bridge before.

Chelsea were, of course, dumped out in the fourth round six years ago by then-League One outfit Bradford City in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition.

Lampard will be hoping to avoid a repeat of such a result against Morecambe, with the 42-year-old’s position as manager coming under fire in recent weeks.

The Blues have won just once in their last six Premier League outings, and find themselves seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool having previously been in a position to compete with the Reds for this year’s title.

Bent, who spent time with Tottenham, Sunderland and Charlton Athletic in the top flight during his career, believes that if Morecambe manage to claim a shock victory on Sunday then Lampard’s tenure will surely be over.

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“If Chelsea get beat to Morecambe, Frank Lampard has to go,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“You can’t get beat by Morecambe. Morecambe! If they get beat, he will have to go. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz… Lampard has spent all this money on all these players and they still get beat by Morecambe, at home?

“There would be no excuse for Chelsea, because whatever team they decide to put out it’s going to be strong.

“Just take the centre forward, for example. If Olivier Giroud doesn’t play, Tammy Abraham will play, and if Abraham doesn’t play, Werner will play.

“They’ve got Christian Pulisic, they’ve got Hakim Ziyech – they’ve got all these players. If it happens, it would be the biggest FA Cup upset in history.”

Lampard came agonisingly close to securing his first trophy as manager last season when Chelsea reached the final of the competition, but his side were beaten on the day by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

The former Blues midfielder will be aiming to go one further this season and lead the west London club to their first FA Cup triumph since 2018.

A number of academy players could be handed the opportunity to impress on Sunday, with Henry Lawrence, Tino Anjorin, Tino Livramento, Jude Soonsup-Bell and Lewis Bate all having trained with Chelsea’s first-team during the week.

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