CHELSEA will not be patient with Frank Lampard and his legend status will go out of window once he loses six on bounce, according to Paul Merson.
The former Arsenal midfielder fears Lampard’s will be under the spotlight after leaving Derby to take charge at Stamford Bridge.
And Merson reckons Roman Abramovich won’t give Lampard any special treatment after his time at the club as as player – and he will have to get off to a good start.
Merson told Sky Sports: “I don’t think [Abramovich will be patient]. His legend status will soon go out of the window if he loses six games on the trot.
“It’s all about the players. If you have the players with you and they are going to work hard and run through brick walls for you then you have a chance with their talent.
“The problem is, like at Manchester United, if they lose six on the trot the fans will turn on the players and not the manager. Then the players will get the hump.”
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However, Merson did concede Chelsea have done the right thing in at least giving the former Derby boss a chance.
The ex-Arsenal man added: “It is a big risk. You have to take the chance.
“I’m a Chelsea fan – we finished third, lost in the final of the League Cup and won the Europa League. That’s a good season.
“He’s coming in now having lost one of world’s top five players in [Eden] Hazard and he can’t bring any players in.
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“It is a big, big gamble but it’s one that you have to take.
“When you are a manager you dream about managing the team you used to play for and getting the England job.
“He’s come in at a bit of the wrong time because he cannot buy players. I don’t know who else would have taken the job if I am being honest.”