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    Frank Lampard in danger of being sacked as Chelsea should be challenging for the Premier League, says club legend Gallas

    FRANK LAMPARD is in danger of being sacked by Chelsea as their squad more than capable of challenging for the Premier League.
    That’s the opinion of Lampard’s former team-mate William Gallas.

    Former Chelsea star William Gallas reckons Frank Lampard needs to start performing or his job could be at riskCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Frank Lampard has guided Chelsea to just ninth in the league after 17 games – despite spending £228.7m in the summerCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    The Blues spent a whopping £228.7million overhauling their squad in the summer having finished fourth last season.
    Lampard brought in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy in a bumper window.
    But after 17 games, Chelsea are down in ninth place, ten points adrift of the league leaders.
    With Lampard clearly struggling to fit his best players into one team, Gallas has revealed he fears for Lampard’s job.

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    Gallas told PlayOJO: “I am a little bit disappointed because I thought Chelsea could compete with Liverpool to win the Premier League.
    “But after the last few games I was disappointed, as Chelsea didn’t show the character to win against the big clubs.
    “I’m also disappointed because when you see the Chelsea squad, it’s one of the best and it’s really difficult to understand what’s going on.

    “When you spend almost £250m on players, that means you want to win the Premier League.
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    “But at the moment Chelsea’s position isn’t good. They’re not performing against the big clubs.”
    Gallas went on to say that former team-mate Lampard – with whom he won two titles and the League Cup – is in real danger of being sacked after his poor start to the season.
    The Frenchman continued: “The pressure is on Frank and he needs to find a solution very quickly.
    “As we know, when you are the manager of Chelsea you can be sacked very quickly.
    “The pressure is on him and he has to find the right system.
    “I hope Frank finds the solution as soon as possible because he’s a young manager, but I’m sure he will be a great manager in the future.
    “He’s very passionate and he knows football very well.
    “But I think Lampard’s position is in danger.
    “I’m sure the board aren’t happy with the results which is why I’m sure Frank is in a dangerous position.”

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    Frank Lampard claims Timo Werner and Kai Havertz can thrive at Chelsea like Eden Hazard despite slow start

    FRANK LAMPARD has tipped Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to shine at Stamford Bridge like Eden Hazard before them, despite their early struggles.
    The Bundesliga imports have both struggled since arriving in England for a combined £118million last summer.

    Werner and Havertz have struggled in the Premier League since their summer switch from GermanyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Lampard reckons the German pair will have great careers at Chelsea, comparing them to Eden HazardCredit: AFP or licensors

    Despite that, Chelsea boss Lampard reckons they can become a real force just like his old team-mate Hazard once they’ve settled in.
    Lampard told talkSPORT: “The people that question them should look at other top players that have come at a young age to this country.
    “Eden Hazard is a great example… he came here and became one of our greater players ever.
    “It’s not an easy transition to this league. It’s a hard league.

    “I think people that question them should give them time because they are great lads and we signed them for now and the future.
    “I understand the questions as it’s the world we live in. They will prove to be big players for the club.”
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    Werner, 24, cost Chelsea £48m after they beat Liverpool to the former RB Leipzig striker.

    But he has managed just four goals in 17 Premier League games, even admitting he has struggled with the size and strength of defenders in England.
    Meanwhile, Havertz has failed to settle into life at Stamford Bridge with just one goal and two assists in 15 games.
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    Lampard reckons Werner and Havertz can be as good as Hazard at ChelseaCredit: Reuters

    However, the playmaker, 21, has been moved around the pitch a lot by Lampard and has also struggled with coronavirus.
    In better news, Havertz and Werner both scored as Chelsea breezed past Morecambe in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
    And they will hope to keep building their confidence in the cup competition after being drawn at home to Luton in the fourth round.
    The winner of that match will then face Barnsley or Norwich away in the fifth round.

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    Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori eyed by AC Milan in loan transfer as Frank Lampard hints defender could head out

    CHELSEA defender Fikayo Tomori is reportedly being eyed by Italian giants AC Milan.
    The 23-year-old is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with boss Frank Lampard prepared to let him leave on loan.

    Fikayo Tomori looks set to leave Chelsea on loan this monthCredit: Rex Features

    And according to Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Milan have ‘contacted Chelsea’ and the player ‘would accept’ the move.
    But Tomori is seemingly second-choice for the Rossoneri with Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan top of their list.
    Lampard is keen for Tomori to head out to get some first-team action.
    The 15-cap England U21 international has made just four appearances this season – the latest being a 10-minute cameo in the FA Cup win over Morecambe.

    A string of Premier League clubs, including Leeds and Newcastle, are reportedly interested.
    Lampard said: “The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment.
    “There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.
    “I gave him some minutes at the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start.

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    Frank Lampard is ready to loan out Tomori this monthCredit: AP:Associated Press

    “But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.”
    Tomori was a key part of Lampard’s Derby team in the 2018/19 Championship campaign.
    He snubbed a move to West Ham on summer transfer deadline day to fight for a spot at Stamford Bridge.
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    Chelsea refusing to let Ross Barkley leave on permanent transfer to Aston Villa on cheap after successful loan spell

    CHELSEA are poised to play hardball with Aston Villa over any potential transfer for midfielder Ross Barkley.
    The 27-year-old hit some fine form following a loan switch before he was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

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    Chelsea are not prepared to let Ross Barkley leave on the cheapCredit: Reuters
    And according to Birmingham Live, Chelsea aren’t willing to let Barkley leave on the cheap’.
    Barkley still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his £100,000-plus weekly wage.
    Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard is understood to have been impressed with the midfielder’s form on loan at Villa Park this season.

    And the Blues manager, 42, is reported to have been in touch with the player to congratulate him on the quality of his performances. 
    Barkley had opted for a September move from West London in a bid to boost his England selection chances ahead of the Euros next year. 
    And with the summer arrivals of Kai Havertz and Hakim Zayech, first team starts for the midfield star looked like they could potentially be limited. 
    But many of Chelsea’s acquisitions from their £200million summer splurge have struggled for form leading to increasing pressure on Lampard.

    And that could mean Barkley is handed a Stamford Bridge lifeline.

    Barkley joined Villa in the hope to earn an England spot for the EurosCredit: Reuters

    Chelsea are still being linked with a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
    And the Blues might have been give a boost in their transfer pursuit.
    He has reportedly told his friends he does not want to leave London for Manchester – ruling out a move to United.
    A source told the Daily Mirror: “Dec has been flattered by interest in him but he doesn’t see himself moving to Manchester.
    “It’s obvious where he’d like his next move to be.”
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    Trigger-happy Chelsea changed after Ancelotti axe with Abramovich no longer keen to sack bosses.. thankfully for Lampard

    FRANK LAMPARD does not need telling he has to turn Chelsea’s season round before it hits the rocks.
    After all, the Blues boss spent the first decade of Roman Abramovich’s reign as a key member of the Stamford Bridge dressing room.

    Chelsea have lost four out of their last six Premier League gamesCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    But Lampard also recognises that Chelsea is now a different club to the one it was when the Russian took charge.
    Still, absolutely, with the same expectations – to win silverware, to compete, to go close.
    Yet without the same impatient demands, the same sense of every single match being a potential reason for judgement, the period when a draw was viewed as little more than a defeat which earned a point.
    And a club which, despite all the efforts to portray it as having a revolving door to the manager’s office, is actually far more stable than most.

    As Lampard will know, as well, it all changed after one decision, where the club acted in haste – and repented at leisure.
    May 22, 2011. A corridor in the bowels of Goodison Park.
    Defeat at Everton was irrelevant – Manchester United were already champions and this was the final game of the campaign.
    Carlo Ancelotti completed his media duties to be confronted by chief executive Ron Gourlay.

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    Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed in brutal fashion at the end of the 2010-11 seasonCredit: Reuters
    This was just 12 months after the Italian had guided the Blues to the first title and FA Cup Double in their history, a record-breaking season which saw Chelsea score 103 goals.
    And it counted for nothing. Zip. Diddly squat. 
    Ancelotti was told that he had failed and was being sacked. Bet he enjoyed that flight back.
    At the time, nobody was too surprised.
    After all, Ancelotti’s Chelsea epitaph was already being written after their Champions League exit at United’s hands and the season had seen him at one point being on the brink of quitting – allegedly – after assistant Ray Wilkins was given the Order of the Boot.
    Yet it was an inflexion point in modern Chelsea. The day that – eventually – changed everything.
    Ask senior Chelsea figures now – indeed, ask them soon after it happened – and you will be told that they concede Ancelotti should not have been sacked. That he deserved better. That it was a mistake.
    But it was one the club learned from.

    Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer Lampard won the Premier League three times at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Blues owner Roman Abramovich is giving his managers more time to succeedCredit: AFP – Getty
    That did not mean that every subsequent manager was not judged harshly.
    Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo, in particular, will unquestionably tell you otherwise.
    But it meant that there needed to be REAL reason to dispense with a manager mid-season, even one that was under-performing.
    In the cases of Villas-Boas and Di Matteo, the reasons were different, although similar.
    Villas-Boas fell out, big-time, with senior players – Lampard in particular – but more critical was the others who lost faith in him tactically rather than personally. 
    The club believed it would finish outside the top four unless there was a change.
    Less than a year later, Di Matteo – who had, remember won both the Champions League and FA Cup – fell out spectacularly with Fernando Torres, who was perhaps the last true “vanity signing” of the Abramovich era. 
    More pertinently, he had only got the job by default and would have been binned in the weeks after “that” night in Munich if Pep Guardiola had been keen to come.

    Yet when Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club crashed and burned in 2016, amid allegations about “rats” in the dressing room, the bizarre ruck with Eva Carneiro and a plummet to the bottom of the Prem, he was still given backing.
    For two months, there was plenty of speculation. Each game was “win or bust”. Except, when Chelsea and Mourinho lost, it wasn’t.
    Until, in December, they lost at Leicester. Now, genuinely, the fear was relegation.
    Mourinho was pulled out of the club Christmas party to be sent packing.
    But that had set the new normal. Managers would be given time to fail.
    So Antonio Conte, whose relationship with senior figures – and plenty of his players – became toxic, saw out his second season before leaving.
    And Maurizio Sarri, who never sold “Sarriball” to the fans – and did deliver the Europa League despite that – completed his first and only campaign at the helm even if it was abundantly clear he was not a natural fit. 
    Lampard came in charged with changing the dressing room mood, bringing through the academy talent, dealing with a transfer ban AND competing for honours.

    Chelsea currently sit ninth in the table after 17 games playedCredit: AFP

    By any standards, he accomplished that last season. 
    Chelsea were not the only side demolished by Bayern Munich – just ask Spurs and Barcelona about that – and also lost the FA Cup Final.
    But they did secure Champions League football and Lampard helped develop the careers of Reece James, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, among others.
    Even this season, with a series of big money recruits, there was an acceptance that it might take time for Lampard’s new squad to gel.
    The board expected more, no question. From Lampard, yes. But also from Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech in particular and established stars like N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
    An absolute car crash in the next few weeks, a drop into the nether regions of the Prem table, an embarrassing FA Cup exit or thumping by Atletico Madrid could bring things to a head earlier.
    In all probability, though, as Lampard knows, he will be given the rest of the campaign, to prove his worth. The right to be judged by what he has done.
    That is the reality of the new Chelsea. Still beyond demanding. But no longer an almost impossible job.
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    Most valuable Premier League XI revealed with Raheem Sterling and Son missing out but Chelsea’s Havertz making cut

    CHELSEA new boy Kai Havertz hasn’t enjoyed the best start to life in England.
    Frank Lampard has struggled to figure it out his best position it seems, with the German, 21, managing just one goal and two assists in his first 15 Premier League games.

    The most-valuable Premier League XI, according to Transfermarkt

    Kai Havertz makes the midfield of the Premier League’s most-valuable XICredit: AFP

    Liverpool duo Salah and Mane start alongside Kane in a pricey front-threeCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

    However, Havertz’s potential is plain to see and the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder makes the top-flight’s most-valuable XI.
    The former Bundesliga star keeps out the likes of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Fabinho to break into the team.
    According to Transfermarkt, Havertz is worth a staggering £72.9million – roughly what Chelsea paid for him in the summer.
    But he is by no means the most-valuable player in the Premier League – not by a long shot.

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    In fact, the front-three alone are worth a combined £324m.
    Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – along with Tottenham star Harry Kane – are valued at £108m apiece.
    Their outrageous price-tags keep the likes of Son Heung-min, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford out of the team.

    Kevin De Bruyne is the only other player rated at over £100m in the Premier League.
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    The second XI of the most-valuable players in the top-flight includes Pogba

    The Manchester City ace – joint-level with the front-three at £108m each – joins Havertz and Bruno Fernandes a star-studded midfield trio.
    Red-hot Manchester United star Fernandes joined the Old Trafford club for £50m just under a year ago, but is now worth £81m.
    In defence, reigning champions Liverpool steal the show, boasting THREE of the back-four.
    Trent Alexander-Arnold is the Premier League’s most-valuable defender, rated at £99m.
    The right-back joins pals Virgil van Dijk (£72m) and Andrew Robertson (£67.5m) in defence.
    Man City duo Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are both worth £54m.

    Kevin De Bruyne is the joint-most-valuable player in the PL at £108mCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Liverpool full-backs Robertson and Alexander-Arnold both make the XICredit: AP:Associated Press
    In goal, Liverpool stopper Alisson keeps fellow Brazilian Ederson out of the line-up.
    The Reds No1 is considered to be worth more than £20m more than his compatriot at £72m compared to £50.4m.
    Along with Ederson and one of Dias and Laporte, Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£36m), Harry Maguire (£36m) and Ben Chilwell (£45m) would make the second string.
    The second XI’s midfield would be made up of Paul Pogba (£58.5m), Rodri (£57.6m) and Fabinho (£54m).
    Sterling (£99m) and Son (£81m) would be joined by Roberto Firmino (£64.8m) in attack.

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    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has blown over £110m on paying off sacked managers amid Lampard’s uncertain future

    ROMAN ABRAMOVICH has spent a staggering £110.5MILLION paying off sacked managers since becoming Chelsea owner in 2003.
    And amid a horror run of results, there’s a real fear Frank Lampard COULD be next to face the swing of the Russian’s axe.

    Abramovich has spent over £110m on sacking managers since his 2003 arrival

    SunSport understands Blues chiefs are NOT considering dumping the ex-Derby chief yet.
    But Chelsea have had their head turned by Thomas Tuchel’s sudden availability after he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain before Christmas.
    Since buying the Blues from Ken Bates, Abramovich has seen 12 managers come and go – including Jose Mourinho twice.
    Only ONE of them left on their own terms – Europa League winner Maurizio Sarri, who quit Chelsea to pursue his dream at Juventus after just one year in London.

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    Antonio Conte was the most recent axing at Stamford Bridge – with the Blues ordered to pay the Italian £9m in compensation.
    However, including his large backroom staff, the now-Inter Milan chief’s sacking actually cost Chelsea a grand total of £26.6m.
    A statement from the club confirmed: “Exceptional items in the current year of £26.6m relate to changes in respect of the men’s team management and coaching staff, together with associated legal costs.”

    Claudio Ranieri – who was awarded £6m – was Abramovich’s first casualty, lasting just a season before being sacked to make room for Mourinho.
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    Frank Lampard is under increasing pressure at Chelsea

    The Special One – and his backroom staff – were given £23.1m in 2007, with Avram Grant picking up £5.2m after being dismissed in May 2008 – days after losing the Champions League final.
    Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was awarded £12.6m after being sacked just seven months into his reign.
    Carlo Ancelotti was axed immediately after losing against Everton on the final game of the 2010-11 season and was given £6m.
    Andre Villas-Boas failed to win over Abramovich after arriving from Porto, as he was sent packing in March 2012 for £12m.
    His successor Roberto Di Matteo helped guide Chelsea to win the Champions League and FA Cup in 2012, but he was sacked that November and awarded £10.7m.
    Rafa Benitez was given no compensation as he was the club’s interim boss, with Mourinho replacing him for his second spell in charge in 2013.
    But he was sacked in December 2015, with him and his staff awarded £8.3m, before Guus Hiddink took over until the end of the season. He also received no compensation.
    Conte then took over in West London – winning trophies in each of his two seasons – but was moved on after falling out with his players and board members.
    Lampard currently has just 18 months left on his current contract at around £77,000 per week.
    That totals around £3m left on his current deal, so if Abramovich was to give him the boot now, he would take his total in sacked manager payouts to a staggering £114.5m.

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