Harry Redknapp has said that Frank Lampard’s downfall at Chelsea may have come from having his influence over transfers restricted by the club’s bosses.
The Blues parted ways with Lampard on Monday, with ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel his likely successor.
Roman Abramovich, who made Lampard his 10th managerial sacking as Chelsea owner, said that he felt it “best” to change managers in a rare statement.
The move comes after a downturn in form in recent months for Chelsea. After going 13 matches unbeaten in all competitions, the club have failed to win six of the past eight Premier League games.
“It’s very disappointing to hear the news this morning,” the former manager said. “On the back of a good result, beating Luton in the FA Cup, I thought they’d give him a bit of time.
“I thought [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer was sure to go, no way he was going to survive, but Manchester United gave him a bit of time and suddenly they have a little run and turn it around.
“Everybody goes through bad spells; Jurgen Klopp is going through one now at Liverpool, Mikel Arteta is going through one at Arsenal as well.
“People need time. Losing four or five games doesn’t suddenly make you a bad manager! Surely you’ve got to have more faith in people rather than giving them that knee-jerk reaction.”
Chelsea brought in several big-name signings during the last transfer window, spending over £200million.
However, Redknapp said that Thiago Silva – a free transfer – is the only new player who has impressed him.
Indeed, he added that striker Timo Werner does not look “cut out” for the Premier League and that fellow German Kai Havertz has also been a “massive disappointment”.
Redknapp questions Lampard authority
Redknapp then questioned whether Lampard had his hands tied from the start as regards transfers.
“I doubt very much whether Frank had a big say in over who came in,” he said.
“If they were worried about his lack of experience, maybe they should have brought someone in with a bit more experience around him. You need people around you when things are not going well, and he didn’t have that.
“The bottom line is you need time. You’re going to have your ups and downs.
“Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have survived at Man Utd [nowadays]; he survived by the skin of his teeth, the board looked like they were going to sack him after 18 months or two years at Old Trafford when he hadn’t won anything, but he then went on for many, many years and was arguably the greatest manager we’ve ever had.
“You need time, and unfortunately at Chelsea it’s a club where they don’t seem to give you time.”