Chelsea board offer Frank Lampard lifeline because of Man Utd and Arsenal

Chelsea: Lampard comes out fighting as pressure grows

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be sacked if results do not improve immediately, according to reports. However, the former Blues midfielder has been handed an extended period to turn things around because of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich has never shown any patience with his managers.

The Russian is usually quick to wield the axe when results are not going well and that approach has seen 14 faces sit in the dugout during Abramovich’s 17-year reign.

Pressure was put on Lampard this summer to challenge for the Premier League title because he was backed with over £200million of new recruits.

But the Blues sit eighth in the table and their manager’s position is under major threat.

Failure to beat Luton Town, Wolves or Burnley in the next three matches could spell the end of Lampard’s time at the Stamford Bridge helm.

Sky Sports claim Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who are currently out of work, are interested in taking over.

However, Man Utd and Arsenal’s bad spells this campaign has apparently convinced the Chelsea board to offer Lampard more time.

By now, Abramovich would have a new man ready to inject a fresh lease of life into the team.

But the west London hierarchy want to see if Lampard can save his skin when the pressure is really on.

There were strong calls for United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the Red Devils were languishing above the relegation zone at the start of the season.

The Norwegian has since turn his club’s fortunes around and they are battling Manchester City, Leicester and Liverpool at the summit.

Meanwhile in north London, Mikel Arteta is gradually turning Arsenal’s season around.

The Gunners have risen to 10th in the table and are just two points behind Chelsea.

Sky Sports claim that is why Lampard is being given extra time to try and his side’s problems.

But he will not be given nine lives – results are needed immediately or he could soon be out of the job.

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