Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Frank Lampard is under huge pressure as Chelsea boss as his side sits ninth in the Premier League table, despite spending over £200million on signings last summer. Owner Roman Abramovich has very short patience with struggling managers so Lampard knows he must turn results around quickly.
There are already a couple of top managers currently out of work in Thomas Tuchel and Massimiliano Allegri.
The pair have been tentatively linked with replacing Lampard should Abramovich decide to wield the axe.
However, Leicester boss Rodgers has also been touted as a potential candidate to take over after guiding his side to third in the table.
Rodgers spent time in charge of Chelsea’s youth team while Terry was captain of the senior squad.
And Terry, who is the assistant to Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, has previously tipped Rodgers to take on a big club.
“100%,” Terry told Dubai Eye in 2019 when asked if Rodgers was destined for a big job should he leave Leicester.
“He’s doing great at Leicester, I’m sure he’s got targets to go and achieve at Leicester.
“But, a little insight, when [Jose] Mourinho was in charge, Brendan would have been youth team manager at the time, he used to come across and speak Spanish and Portuguese very fluently, would come in and have a really good rapport with all the players.
“Mourinho would let him in and let him observe and get him really involved.
“I had a spell where I wasn’t scoring. I felt, being a defender, it was a big part of my game as well. I hadn’t scored in nine games – which seems bizarre.
“But Brendan pulled me – and I probably wasn’t having my best games either – he pulled me, he had a video for me, a three or four minutes video.
“I was a first team player, he was the youth team manager, he pulled me and went ‘come into the office’.
“He was like: ‘I’ve seen you around the place – who motivates the motivator? This is what I’m here for. Have a look at this’.
“All my goals I’ve scored throughout my Chelsea career, tackles, blocks… He said: ‘Don’t you ever forget how good you are’.
“And you know what, it just was like: wow, that’s powerful, that. Funnily enough I scored the next game, I think, and kind of dedicated it to him.
“Little details like that, you go back in 2004/05, we’re talking nearly 20 years ago, that’s impressive from him. He was excellent.”
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