Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and club chief Marina Granovskaia are torn over what to do with Frank Lampard, according to reports. The 42-year-old is fighting for his Stamford Bridge future after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester in their Premier League clash on Tuesday night. And, if they lose their FA Cup showdown to Luton Town on Sunday, a parting of the ways could be on the cards.
Chelsea hired Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s successor in 2019, with the former No 8 returning after a successful spell at Derby County.
But while he did well to steer the club to fourth in the Premier League table last season, patience at Stamford Bridge is running thin.
Chelsea spent big on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell during the summer transfer window but all have struggled to get going in west London.
The Blues thought they’d finish in the top two at the start of the campaign but, presently, they’re 11 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table.
And ESPN say Abramovich and Granovskaia are clashing behind the scenes.
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It’s claimed the pair are torn over whether to wield the axe now, and hire an interim replacement, or wait and see until the end of the season.
Interim replacements Avram Grant and Andriy Shevchenko have been mooted but, at the top, Chelsea are unsure over what course of action to take.
Chelsea have sacked 13 managers since Abramovich first acquired the club back in 2003.
And, to make matters worse for Lampard, it seems as though the players are starting to lose faith in his managerial methods.
Chelsea squad members are said to be ‘confused’ by the 42-year-old’s approach, believing his constant tinkering to his starting XI doesn’t help their cause.
And whether he can turn things around remains to be seen.
Lampard cut a moody figure on Friday, snapping at a journalist by saying: “To be fair, I think their confidence would be shot if they were to read some of the pieces you write at the minute.
“I read some of them and some of the confirmation bias you always reflect on games with, it’s almost like a social media pundit to try and get a reaction in a negative way.
“I read the pieces when we were doing well as well and they didn’t go both ways.
“So for a journalist to be objective would be a big start. Because if the players do read it, I’d feel like that.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov thinks Chelsea must give Lampard time to turn things around.
He told Betfair: “It is a difficult situation for Frank Lampard and Chelsea. They have lost three of their last five games.
“They lost against Leicester which would have been a painful one against a rival in the title race.
“I hope they give Lampard more time. He is trying to build something there.
“I don’t like to compare Lampard and Solskjaer, but Chelsea have spent a lot of money on Werner and Havertz.
“Frank knows the environment there and I think he can turn it round there like Ole did at Man United.”
Chelsea are next in action against Luton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday. And a defeat in that match could push Lampard closer to the exit door.