Frank Lampard believes his legendary status at Chelsea will not save him from the sack if results remain poor. The manager is under growing pressure after an alarming dip and he does not believe that his relationship with Roman Abramovich is a guarantee of special treatment.
Although Lampard is regarded as one of Chelsea’s greatest players, the former midfielder does not want to rely on his past. The 42-year-old’s future is in doubt after last Sunday’s home defeat by Manchester City and he accepts sentimentality will not be a factor if the club’s owner decides to make a change.
“All I want to concentrate on is the job in hand,” Lampard said. “I can’t control some things and I certainly don’t want to rely on the past here. What I see right now is a position where one month ago everything was rosy and now one month later everyone is looking negative. I have to be the one who looks positively. Things I can’t control outside of that would be a waste of time.
“I felt huge support from this club coming back to manage them. My time here as a player, I felt huge support for 13 years and I left the club because they wanted to move on. I understand what football is. I understand the demands and expectations, so I don’t think I’ve earned the right for anything that takes me out of that equation.
“I understand that when you are young and when you’ve had to have a tough year last year and when you have new players coming in this year who are expected to drop into the Premier League and just produce at a young age, there are going to be challenges. The rest is out of my hands.”
Lampard feels Chelsea, who host Morecambe on Sunday lunchtime in the third round of the FA Cup, are in a rebuilding phase despite losing four of their past six games. He looked back at his early struggles at Chelsea and argued that expensive signings such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz need time to settle.
“When the owner came to Chelsea it made my career,” he said. “But I don’t think that’s given me any headstart. The job I did last year to get us to fourth was a huge positive. After that I need to go again. I never felt it would be a straight line.
“In year one I was probably an average Premier League midfielder. Year two, slightly better. Year three, slightly better than that. Year four and onwards, my levels rose. When I look at the new players I see it like that. But I can’t try and dictate what anyone thinks about it. It’s beyond me.”