Frank Lampard ‘has one hell of a job on’ at Chelsea (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Chris Sutton believes Frank Lampard could lose the support of the Chelsea fans and his position as manager this season, unless he can succeed in what is a ‘hell of a job.’Lampard took over from Maurizio Sarri this summer under difficult circumstances, working under a transfer ban and following the departure of star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The new boss got off to a nightmare start in the Premier League, losing 4-0 to Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season as his youthful side were torn apart on the counter attack.Former Blues striker Sutton thinks the loss of Hazard cannot be overlooked as an enormous negative for Chelsea and unless Lampard can find some good results soon, both the fans and his employers will turn on him.
‘It’s like going into an Olympic rowing final and being asked to compete in a dinghy, and you’ve lost your Steve Redgrave,’ Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.
Academy product Mason Mount was given a start against Man Utd on Sunday (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘Frank Lampard has one hell of a job on after the club lost their best player.
Hazard carried them for years but he’s gone and they can’t bring players in.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It all comes down to what the owner’s expectation is and what Lampard has been told at the start of the season. The fans being behind Lampard will only last for so long.‘This is the first season under Abramovich that I don’t think anybody gives them a chance of winning the title.
‘The obvious thing is Lampard needs time but this is an owner who hasn’t given his managers time – if Chelsea finish eighth or ninth or 10th, Lampard won’t be there next season.’More: Football
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Victory over the Champions League holders would be a big boost for the new Blues boss ahead of his first home game in charge against Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday.Lampard’s job is not being made any easier by a string of injuries as N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James are all out of the trip to Istanbul to face Liverpool.
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