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Former Chelsea star Shaun Wright-Philips believes Frank Lampard is more than capable of handling the pressure of managing Chelsea but the worry is whether or not he will be given time to succeed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea appointed Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s successor, offering him a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge but Wright-Philips is worried if Abramovich will stick with Lampard if Chelsea go through a poor run.
Abramovich has a history of sacking managers the moment that the team starts to struggle for a sustained period.
“I think that he is 100 per cent ready to handle the Chelsea job from what he showed at Derby,” Wright-Phillips told ESPN FC via Daily Star.
“My only worry was whether Chelsea would keep him at the club long enough for him to stamp his authority and show what he is about.
“As you can see in Chelsea’s past history, the owner doesn’t really keep managers that long when he is sick and tired of them.
“As soon as they go through a bad spell they tend to be sacked rather than being given more opportunities to push and really show what they are capable of.”
Wright-Phillips spent three seasons at Chelsea, 2005 to 2008, and won the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea.