Frank Lampard: Why Chelsea should stick with Jose Mourinho
Frank Lampard explains why Chelsea should give 'world-class' Jose Mourinho more time
Frank Lampard says Chelsea should stick with under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho.
The Blues legend was in the Stamford Bridge stands as the defending Premier League champions suffered a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
According to reports in the media, one Chelsea player says he would rather lose than win for Mourinho, whilst other speculation suggests the Blues manager has the support of just five players.
However, Lampard poured cold water on talk of the Blues players “downing tools”, adding that Chelsea need to stick with their world-class manager despite a difficult sequence of results.
“When you look at it, it is crazy [the numbers of managers Chelsea have had in the Roman Abramovich era],” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“But Chelsea is a unique club. I think there’s such a desire to win and a pressure to win. The owner, the board, they have taken the decisions to win, and to be fair to them, as Chelsea people we can’t complain.
“We have had a lot of managers, and it might look messy, but we have got a lot of Premier League titles and a Champions League. What has been said recently is they want stability, so that’s the interesting thing to see now.
“Stability is the ideal. Manchester United were the ideal with Sir Alex Ferguson and the same with the great Liverpool managers of the past, it’s the ideal. You want to see a manager stay, you want to see young players coming through, and that’s the intriguing thing to see now, to see if Chelsea stick with him. He’s got a four-year contract and he has got the best record as Chelsea manager. He is proven world class, and I think they should stick with him.”
Chelsea have already lost six Premier League games this season, leaving the west London side in 15th place and 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho’s men face Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night before a trip to Stoke City on Saturday evening.