Lampard Backed To Be Gone Before First Season Is Out

Frank Lampard will have a battle on his hands if he is to keep Chelsea in the top 4 next season if the odds are anything to go by as he was confirmed as the new manager at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Chelsea’s search for Maurizio Sarri’s replacement is officially over after Lampard was unveiled as Roman Abramovich’s latest recruit on a three-year deal, but his first season in charge will be hindered by a transfer embargo placed on the club by world governing body FIFA.

BoyleSports rate Manchester City (1/40), Liverpool (1/10) and Tottenham as heavy odds-on shots to retain places in the top 4 come May next season, but the fourth spot is up for grabs with Manchester United joining Chelsea at 10/11 in what will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge at Old Trafford.

The two former players will meet on the opening Sunday of the new season with Manchester United 23/20 favourites to start with 3 points, while a baptism of fire is predicted for Lampard at 23/10 to set down an early marker for the Blues.

As he become Roman Abramovich’s 13th managerial appointment since taking over the club, the chances of Lampard leaving the job before his first season is over are rated at only 3/1.

The famous Abramovich cheque book will be out of reach for Frank Lampard this summer and the odds are giving him a tough task in his first season in charge.

We’ve even seen some money at 3/1 that he’ll be gone before the season is out

…with plenty of punters already believing that he’ll be the latest through a revolving door at Stamford Bridge.

*Prices correct at time of publication.