Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino reckons Frank Lampard has to win his next three games to have any chance of keeping his job until the end of the season.
Lampard’s position as the Blues manager is under fresh scrutiny following the 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday evening.
Defeat – a sixth of the season – left Chelsea eighth in the top flight, five points behind the top four as the pressure continues to mount of Lampard.
And Cascarino thinks three wins out of three is crucial when they take on Luton Town, Wolves and Burnley in back-to-back home games.
“It never goes down well when you spend loads of money on signings who don’t work out or are not playing well,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“Upstairs will go, ‘we’ll give him more money and spend again’, but they get a little bit nervous and edgy about doing that.
“He knows the job at Chelsea is full of criticism and it doesn’t take a lot for that owner to make a change.
“Their performances have been really poor; take the win against Fulham, it was 1-0 and they struggled for long periods of the game.
“Their highest team they’ve beaten this season is seventh – they’ve not beaten anybody above seventh.
“Their 3-0 win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge was their best result; they did enough to get over the line, but getting a performance plus a result is a huge problem.
“He’s got three home games now back-to-back, one in the FA Cup against Luton and two league games.
“He has to win them. He might make the end of the season, but if he’s going to make the end of the season he has to go on a run of winning games now.
“He can’t go through getting knocked out of the cup or getting a horrendous result against Burnley or Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
“He won’t survive that, and if the owner thinks, ‘we aren’t going to make the Champions League, we’re way adrift of that position’…
“He knows he’s walking on eggshells.”