Frank Lampard’s status as Chelsea legend will not spare him the sack if results do not satisfy the club’s board, according to former Blue Tony Cascarino.
Lampard secured Champions League football for Chelsea with a fourth-placed league finish and guided them to the FA Cup final in his debut season as boss.
He earned kudos for bringing through young talent at the club, particularly Mason Mount, who made 53 first-team appearances last term.
But with more than £200m of investment made this summer following the end of their transfer ban, Cascarino believes there will be less leeway given to the 42-year-old and more scrutiny on results and performances.
“Frank will be totally aware of the pressure that comes with every Chelsea manager,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“If you become a Chelsea manager you know you’re probably the first manager that’s going to get sacked.
“Watford fans might tell you different, but generally Chelsea sack managers that have done far more [in terms of] winning.”
As a player, Lampard won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League, but Cascarino believes that will count for nothing if Chelsea stumble this season.
“The wriggle room is gone,” he added.
“Look at the CV of the owner and how he has run that football club and how successful it’s been. You are not going to get away with it.
“It is going to count for nothing being an ex-Chelsea player and grooming the youngsters to become better players.
“He will be tested and if Chelsea don’t defend better than they did last year they are not going to challenge.”