Despite Chelsea’s poor form recently, Paul Merson believes club chiefs need to give Lampard time to turn things around.
He told Sky Sports: “If Chelsea don’t beat Fulham, should they sack Frank Lampard? It depends what Chelsea want this year.
“It’s alright saying: ‘Let’s get rid of Frank’ but who comes in? Do they go back in for Rafa Benitez? If you’re going to bring in Andriy Shevchenko, what’s the difference? It’s the same as Lampard, he hasn’t managed world-class players, and will need time.
“It’s not like you can bring in a Carlo Ancelotti for a quick fix. Sooner or later, there has to be a plan at Chelsea. You can’t spend £200m and think you’re going to win the league, it doesn’t work like that.”