In the game of Chelsea managers, you either win, or you get sacked. It doesn’t really matter who you are, what your name may be, how long your list of titles is. Roman Abramovich has shown a bit of leniency in recent years, but he’s still got his inner Joffrey ready to order the swing of the broadsword at a moment’s notice.
So, if it were Sarri OUT, Lampard IN this summer, as rumors have claimed it as possibility since about January, few would have major complaints. Certainly not at first.
But the mob is fickle and the knives of the boo-birds long and quick. Do we really want to see our heroes sacked?
Of course, Super Frank isn’t scared. According to ESPN FC (no byline), he wouldn’t even mind it if he had to operate under a transfer ban — and why would he; it probably would lower minimum expectations — and would welcome potential call to action from Roman Abramovich this summer. (It probably would be even less scary if Big Pete came back, too, in his rumored “technical” role!)
ESPN Lampard not scared off Chelsea job despite potential transfer ban - sources https://t.co/mZLbVnZWPg— CFC News Feed (@cfcnewsfeed) April 26, 2019
This is of course just a report. Lampard has maintained utmost professionalism whenever this question has been posed to him, just as one would expect from him. He’s currently in the thick of a massive battle to reach the promotion playoffs in the Championship with Derby County, too, so he’s probably not really thinking about Chelsea at the one moment.
But if Maurizio Sarri does get sacked at the end of the season, Lampard’s name will be one of the first rumored, if not the very first one. While it might be too soon to make that jump in just his second year as a football manager, Super Frank just might have what it takes to rise to the challenge.
Would you bet against him?