Frank Lampard believes his legendary status at Chelsea will not save him from the sack if the results remain poor. The manager is under increasing pressure after an alarming plunge and he doesn’t think his relationship with Roman Abramovich is a guarantee of special treatment.
Although Lampard is considered one of Chelsea’s greatest players, the former midfielder does not want to trust his past. The 42-year-old’s future is uncertain after last Sunday’s home loss to Manchester City and he admits sentimentality won’t be a factor if the club owner decides to make a change.
“All I want to focus on is work in progress,” Lampard said. “There are things I can’t control and I certainly don’t want to rely on the past here. What I’m seeing right now is a position where a month ago everything was rosy and now a month later everyone is looking negative. I have to be the one who looks positively. Things I can’t control other than that would be a waste of time.
“I felt enormous support from this club to manage them. My time here as a player, I felt tremendous support for 13 years and left the club because they wanted to move on. I understand what football is. I understand demands and expectations, so I don’t think I deserved the right for anything that gets me out of this equation.
“I understand that when you’re young and you had a tough year last year and you have new players this year who should come into the Premier League and produce at a young age, there are going to be challenges. The rest is out of my hands.
Lampard believes Chelsea, who host Morecambe on Sunday midday in the FA Cup third round, are in a rebuilding phase despite losing four of their last six games. He looked back on his early struggles at Chelsea and argued that expensive signings such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz need time to settle in.
“When the owner came to Chelsea it made my career,” he said. “But I don’t think that gives me a head start. The work I did last year to get us to fourth place was a huge positive. After that I have to go back. I never thought it would be a straight line.
“In the first year I was probably an average midfielder in the Premier League. Second year, a little better. Third year, a little better than that. Four years and older, my levels have increased. When I look at new players, I see it like that. But I can’t try to dictate what anyone thinks about it. It is beyond my competence. “