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Burley on Lampard's future "If they don’t get in the top four"

Sun 27 December 2020 | 16:10

The former Blues is worried by how the team’s performance is declining with Lampard as he talks about how the coach’s future could be determined by the club’s position in the table.



player, Craig Burley, believes that if the Blues manager,

Frank Lampard

, fails to deliver a top-four finish, Roman Abramovich could decide to sack him from his position as Stamford Bridge boss.

The Englishman, who succeeded in qualifying Chelsea into

Champions League

competition and

FA Cup

final during his first season, has been praised for his ability to strengthen the team by bringing a number of academy graduates into his squad.

Still despite spending an amount of £200 million on players like

Hakim Ziyech


Timo Werner


Kai Havertz


Ben Chilwell

, the team has struggled with inconsistency and the Covid-19 cases on their squad.

Burley, who witnessed the Blues defeat to


, admits that the pressure on Lampard is growing and the team’s failures could lead the impatient owner of the club, Abramovich, to question the Englishman’s future with the team.

“[Lampard’s] got players out of form, he’s got players that are not fully fit, and that’s a problem,”

Burley told



“They have gone from looking one of the paciest, quickest sides in the Premier League, to one of the most pedestrian.”

“That is a huge issue for him because you may have noticed with this owner Roman Abramovich, he doesn’t suffer inconsistency, bad results, no matter who it is. So let me be clear, Lampard is back on the chopping board currently as we speak.”

“It’s turn-up time for Lampard and these players. This cut and thrust period can make and break you.”

“I’m not suggesting Abramovich is going to sack him in the next couple of weeks, but there is one thing they need to remember – top four. If they don’t get in the top four, he’s probably done."

“It’s a big season for him. It looked as if it was going swimmingly and now it looks like they’re sinking a little bit. They seem to have a weight around their feet. He’s going to have to find the reason to put it right.”

source: SportMob