Frank Lampard: New Chelsea manager is bookmakers’ favourite to be first Premier League boss sacked

The Blues legend and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are favourites to face the sword next season

Callum Rice-Coates
Thursday 04 July 2019 16:46 BST
Frank Lampard announced as new Chelsea manager

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Frank Lampard has been made the bookmakers favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked just hours after his appointment as Chelsea boss.

The former Blues midfielder has signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge, replacing Maurizio Sarri after a season in the Championship with Derby.

But the bookies are not convinced, putting Lampard at joint-favourite – alongside Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær – to be dismissed first in the upcoming season.

The Chelsea legend is priced at 6/1, just ahead of new Brighton boss Graham Potter (7/1) and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder (10/1).

Lampard will be tasked with bettering Sarri’s first and only season as Chelsea manager, a campaign that included a top-four finish, Europa League title and Carabao Cup final.

But he will have to do so with the club under a transfer embargo and having lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

The difficulty of the challenge for Lampard is reflected in the less than optimistic odds. Chelsea are 14/1 to win the Premier League – not expected to challenge Manchester City, who are favourites again at 8/11 – and 150/1 to do a league and FA Cup double.

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