According to Lampard, he is ignoring any speculation concerning his future as the Chelsea manager and about rumors of those linked with replacing him at the club.
Chelsea lost 2-0 to Leicester City and marked their fifth defeat in their last eight Premier League matches. The Blues currently sit eight in the table and the likes of former PSG coach, Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri are potential coaches to replace Lampard.
However, according to the Englishman, “I don’t listen to it. It’s only everywhere if you want to scroll through social media or something. But I don’t do that”.
“I’m not stupid. I know the pressures that come with managing a top football club. But I just do my job. It doesn’t matter to me. The pressure is fine. You’re obviously happier when you’re winning games. I was obviously happier in October and November than now. I just have to get on with the job”.
Moreover, Lampard would not make clear if he has held specific meetings with the Chelsea board over his side’s results. Although after the defeat at Leicester, he did admit he was “worried” about their form.
Last season, Lampard had guided Chelsea to the knockout stages of the Champions League. But, since beating Leeds United on December 5th, they have beaten only West Ham United and Fulham in eight fixtures since.
Their defending in the away fixtures has drawn scrutiny and Lampard’s ration of clean sheets away from Stamford Bridge is at 17%. This is the lowest of any Chelsea manager to have overseen 10 or more away games in the Premier League.
During his news conference before Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Luton, Lampard was asked if he risked damaging the reputation he built as a player at Stamford Bridge should he not succeed as a manager.
He responded, “my career here as a player was fantastic and It’s set in stone. When I say fantastic I’m not giving it the “big I am’, I’m talking about the success I was proud to be a part of at the club. And the link I have here with the fans and the support I get from them is amazing”.
“I knew when I came into this job as a manager that can change. The tone of it. There are things that you can’t control going forward. You do your best and I’ll continue to do that all the time while managing the club. But it doesn’t change how I feel, wherever I work, the kind of person I am, I will give my all”.