Avram Grant wades into Frank Lampard sack debate with Roman Abramovich message
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has pleaded for patience at his old club, with speculation swirling about Frank Lampard’s future at Stamford Bridge.
After guiding the Blues to a top-four finish in his first season in charge, Roman Abramovich sanctioned a summer spending spree topping £200million.
But despite an impressive start, the Londoners have lost four our of their last six, with pressure piling on the midfield legend.
Lampard played under Grant during the Israeli’s short spell in the dugout during the 2007/08 season.
Grant took the Blues to the Champions League final that season, losing on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.
However, just days after John Terry’s infamous slip, Grant was sacked and replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari.
And with Lampard facing increasing scrutiny, Grant has urged his old friend Abramovich to keep his cool and not lose his head.
"You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do," Grant told the Independent.
"But in a situation like this you need to look for solutions and show a lot of character. What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, do whatever is necessary… Don't lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.
"Don't lose what you have here [points at head] you need to look for solutions. If you do that then everything will be okay because the quality is there."
Another former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle, sent a similar message to decision makers in west London claiming Lampard needs to be given the chance to turn things around.
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"He has to be given time," Hoddle told the Evening Standard.
"It is a work in progress at Chelsea. They are falling short against the top teams and they have to find a way mentally to overcome that.
"They look better against the lesser teams but at the moment they look as if they are not quite ready to really win the league.”
Chelsea face League Two outfit Morecambe in the FA Cup on Saturday, before Premier League fixtures against Fulham and Leicester City.
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