Frank Lampard deserved more time as Chelsea manager, says Paul Merson | Football News

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson provides his reaction to the news that Chelsea have sacked head coach Frank Lampard after a run of five defeats from
eight Premier League games…

As a Chelsea fan, I find it a bit disappointing decision.

You have to give Frank Lampard a chance. He pulled up trees last season to get them in the Champions League, and they are still in the competition this season.

They have had a bad run. They’ve brought in a lot of players and Lampard is working with the best group of players he’s worked with, but most of them play in the same position.

For me, they had to give him a chance.

Did Chelsea think they were going to buy a 21-year-old kid from Germany in Kai Havertz, another forward from Germany in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and a 36-year-old defender in Thiago Silva and just win the league?

Did they really think they were going to finish above the likes of Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd just like that?

In this league at the moment, especially with no fans, it’s difficult. When the fans are at Stamford Bridge, they are full behind Frank because he is a legend at the club. It’s a different kettle of fish.

At the moment, it’s easy street for the players. If the fans are there, they are cheering Frank’s name. They are backing him come what may and the players would see that and know he’s there for the long haul. They’d see what a legend he is to the club.

However, the players, the likes of Havertz and Werner, they won’t know what Lampard means to Chelsea.

I’m disappointed. How are we going to get these managers – the likes of Lampard – any experience at all?

No one wanted that job last year when Frank took it. He performed miracles last season to get that team into the top four last season.

The problems he’s had are the money that was spent and the players that were bought in virtually play in the same position.

Nobody knows what his best team is. If we sat…


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