Frank Lampard’s job as manager is under serious threat, The Athletic understands.

A humbling fourth defeat in seven matches against a Manchester City side will only intensify the questions about the team’s broader direction under the current management team, and sources have told The Athletic that Chelsea have begun to explore alternative plans with a view to replacing Lampard if the current slump continues, if not sooner.

This is a fluid situation, and as such there is no definitive timeframe for when Lampard might be sacked; it’s possible that he could still see out the season if results improve. But the history of the Roman Abramovich era tells us that once conversations of this nature begin taking place within the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge, managerial change tends to become a question of “When?” rather than “If?”

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