Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant knows just how brutal Roman Abramovich’s regime is and he has offered advice to his former star Frank Lampard. Grant was axed after just one year in charge of the Blues despite guiding them to second place in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final.
Lampard was a key member of that 2007/08 squad which came so close to a historic double.
The apprentice has now become the master and is attempting to bring back the glory days at Stamford Bridge.
However, Lampard has found himself under huge pressure because his side sit ninth in the table, despite spending over £200million on transfers last summer.
There are strong suggestions that Abramovich could swing the axe soon if results do not improve.
But Grant has taken to Instagram to offer his former midfielder a two-point plan to keep his job.
“What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do that’s for sure,” the 65-year-old said.
“Two things: never lose it even when things are going well, don’t lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.
“And second, don’t lose what you have here [points at head] you need to think right and look for solutions.
“If you do that then everything will be okay because the quality is there and there is a potential like there was [at Chelsea] in my time.”
He added: “About the current situation I can say only this. You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do.
“But in the situation like this when things aren’t going well you need to be strong, look for solutions and show a lot about your character.”
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher also tried to lighten the pressure on his former England team-mate.
“Of course it is fair, he’s the Chelsea manager,” Carragher told Monday Night Football of the pressure.
“Nobody knows Chelsea Football Club, and how ruthless they are with managers, more than Frank Lampard.
“Having played with Frank, we get questioned whether we would be more critical of the situation if it was a different manager.
“They would be right, I would be a lot more critical of the managers on that list. Not because I played with Frank Lampard but because I don’t expect him to win the Premier League or the Champions League [this season].
“The other managers that came in with CVs, years of experience, having won the big trophies – Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, all great managers – I would be more critical of them.”