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A number of bookmakers have cut short the Chelsea manager odds for Lampard to get the sack. Even though recent form and current table position might make a strong case for Lampard leaving, Chelsea have recently displayed signs of being a little more patient with the manager. Here are the latest available odds*:
Frank Lampard next to be sacked
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The club have been notorious for getting rid of their managers at the slightest hint of poor form. Even though Chelsea are in the eighth spot but the top four is just a few points away. A favourable run of fixtures with matches against the likes of Burnley and Fulham are coming up. A few wins could lift the mood around Stamford Bridge and it would significantly help the players gain confidence, which has hit rock bottom of late. Even with the availability of many top managers, Chelsea might just stick with Lampard, as a run of poor results in six matches does not tell the whole story.
Chelsea manager odds: Will Lampard be the next sacked?
According to the bookies’ next Chelsea manager odds of 11/10, Lampard’s exit is somewhat possible. However, it's not the bookies that are in charge of making this decision. We know that the club owner – Roman Abramovich has been ruthless when it comes to sacking managers. The Russian is keen on seeing the results rather than believing in the journey. This puts the pressure on Super Frankie who has to find a way to make his team net some impressive results if he wants to keep his job safe.
His 4th place finish in the last campaign was decent, considering the club had just lost Eden Hazard and was undergoing a transfer ban. With all the new arrivals, Lampard has to glue his squad perfectly in a very short amount of time so that Abramovich is pleased. Up to this point, however, this doesn’t seem to be happening as there hasn’t been a consistently used starting lineup and formation since the beginning of the season. It’s safe to say that if the former Chelsea player isn’t able to work out these uncertainties and fails to deliver a couple of times more, his job will be hanging on the ropes. Paired with the recent reports that the owner is already looking for a coach replacement, there is a possibility that Lampard may not even last for half of the season.
The dark clouds have descended upon Stamford Bridge following the 3-1 loss against Manchester City. This happens to be the fourth loss in six matches and Chelsea have slipped four away from a top four spot. The blues were within a few points from the top after their 3-1 home win over Leeds United at the start of December. Yet, it has gone wrong so soon for Lampard and his relatively young squad.
Next Chelsea Manager Odds: Replacement candidates
Despite all this gossip, recent reports claim that Abramovich is in talks with Massimiliano Allegri to succeed Lampard. The ex-Juventus coach has spent the 2019/2020 season unemployed and is looking to make his return to coaching. With his vast collection of major trophies(winning Serie A – 6 times, Coppa Italia – 4 times, and Supercoppa Italiana – 3 times) he seems like the most suitable available option. Allegri’s dream is to win the Champions League, which is something quite by the taste of Abramovich. It is not a surprise that Allegri was the top target for PSG. However, a move did not happen due to Allegri’s wage demands of £11 million per season. Chelsea would have no trouble in meeting these numbers even if it represents a sizeable jump from the £5.5 million being paid to Lampard. Allegri is a strong favourite in the next Chelsea manager odds of 13/8.
Thomas Tuchel left PSG after two years with the French club. The German managed to pick up two French Ligue 1 titles while also coming close to winning the Champions League last season. After having just left the PSG job, it will be interesting to see if Tuchel will be ready to take over. He has shown a tendency to take a break. At odds of 3/1, Tuchel is a longshot to become the next Chelsea boss.
Possible manager to take over the Blues is a name mentioned earlier – Gareth Southgate. Despite being the coach of England’s National team, Southgate’s job is also rumored to be in danger. He has been linked with Chelsea, but Abramovich employing him is something that we find very hard to believe in.
Top 3 next Chelsea manager odds candidates:
- Massimiliano Allegri
- Thomas Tuchel
- Gareth Southgate
The current state of play for the club
Consistency is the one key thing that Lampard’s team is lacking. During the last campaign, Chelsea managed to beat both Tottenham and Arsenal and then went on to lose versus Bournemouth, Southampton, and Newcastle in the span of a month. Another example is beating Manchester City, and later recording losses against West Ham and Sheffield United. Those results can be explained by the large number of inexperienced academy players that Lampard gave the chance to play in the last season.
After the summer shopping spree that saw stars like, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner the club’s 2020/2021 campaign looked to be promising. However inconsistent results have once again ridden Chelsea’s first league matches. After the 6 opening matches the club’s W/D/L record is 2-3-1, failing to secure the win in draws with West Brom, Southampton, and Manchester United, and losing once to the reigning champions Liverpool. The Blues were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup race on penalties by Mourinho’s Tottenham.
Despite the early Carabao Cup exit, Chelsea were doing extremely well in the two major competitions of importance – Premier League and Champions League. Since the loss to Tottenham on penalties, Chelsea went on a 14 game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Despite a home draw with Krasnodar, the blues finished top of the Champions League group stages. This is a major positive, as failing to win the group meant a difficult last-16 tie against Bayern Munich last season.
Just when it seemed that Chelsea would not put a foot wrong, the ill-fated month of December came back to haunt the blues once again. A poor run started off with the 1-0 loss against Everton. Since then, the win over West Ham is the only success for the team in six matches. More of a concern would be the alarming rate of goals which is being shipped by the team – especially against the top teams. Lampard is not been helped by a record that shows that he is yet to get positive results against the top teams.
Lampard's Time as a Blue
During the time he spent at the club as a player Frank Lampard has undoubtedly become a Chelsea F.C. legend. In his 13 seasons between 2001 and 2014, he managed to topple the all-time top goalscorer chart with 211 goals, and amass the impressive 648 appearances for the Blues. Lampard is also holding several club records like most Premier League goals in a single match, most FA Cup goals in total, and also most penalties scored. With his stay he heavily contributed to winning the PL three times, the FA Cup four times, once the Champions League, and the Europa League also once. He has been regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation alongside names like Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes. It’s safe to say that the team’s fans grew pretty fond of him during his time as a player, and were glad to see a familiar place take charge of the club in the summer of 2019.
Lampard is definitely hoping for a long-lasting managerial career with Chelsea like the one he had as a player. He is looking to win as many trophies as he did while he was still on the pitch. In his first year though, he only managed to acquire a single Premier League Manager of the Month award. With this feat, he became just the third person to have ever won both a PL Player of the Month and Manager of the Month award. The season was trophy-less for Lampard’s side after he managed to get his squad to the FA Cup final which they lost to Arsenal.
Currently, all eyes are on Lampard, who holds his fate in his own hands. If he is quick to find a solution to the inconsistent results that his squad has been getting his exit will be stalled. He is a fan favorite, and that’s probably the only reason why Abramovich hasn’t acted yet. But with some of Chelsea's supporters beginning to realize that Lampard isn’t the best option at the current moment, fans’ sympathy will matter less. In comparison, his 4th place league finish in the 2019/2020 season is better than Jürgen Klopp’s first season as manager of Liverpool who scored 8th. It took Klopp a further 4 years before winning the Premier League, which just shows that Super Frankie may be on the right track, but needs more time. Unfortunately for him Abramovich isn’t that patient and wouldn’t wait 5 years to see results. Our final verdict is that if Lampard is still Chelsea’s manager at the end of the season he will remain for several more campaigns. If he doesn’t manage to improve his results, however, he will most likely get fired during the winter.