Just how much time will Frank Lampard be given?
Frank Lampard had only just sat down in the managerial hot seat at Chelsea when the question was asked just how much time would he be afforded in his new job.
The question was even being asked as soon as it became clear that Lampard was the man that Chelsea wanted to replace Maurizio Sarri, and it is popping up more and more now as he waits for his first win in three games since taking charge.
Word is he will be given plenty due to the situation the club currently finds itself in. Unable to sign new players and with Eden Hazard leaving for Real Madrid, some argued there would never be a more difficult time to be take charge of the club.
Especially for a coach, who had just one season managing Derby County on his cv before he took the job, so patience was always going to be key.
Frank Lampard said managing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time was the "stuff of dreams"
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 19, 2019
But how long before that patience runs out? What if Lampard is still waiting for his first win after 10 games, would the powers that be and the fans still believe he is the right man to manage the club over the next season?
There have been signs of encouragement in the opening three games. Despite losing to Manchester United 4-0, everyone agreed the scoreline flattered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, and had Chelsea taken one of their chances with the scores still level, then it could have been a different story altogether.
The Super Cup defeat to Liverpool was also no disaster. It came hot on the heels of the United defeat and saw Lampard’s young guns pushing the European Champions all the way before losing in a penalty shoot-out.
However the 1-1 draw with Leicester was slightly more concerning as it was Lampard’s first home game of the season and there was real hope that the homecoming would be celebrated with three points.
In the end Leicester left with a point and could arguably have taken all three. The Foxes are a good side and could push for the top six under Brendan Rodgers this season, and maybe on the evidence of yesterday that is where Chelsea are right now.
They could not build on a strong first-half display, when they found themselves in front, and in the end were lucky to get a point, which shows the task that could lie ahead.
Lampard pointed out after the game that he expects everyone concerned with the club to be patient, and they will, but for how long, only time will tell.
The next two games are interesting to say the least as Chelsea face two newly promoted sides. Norwich away on Saturday followed by a home clash with Sheffield United and failure to win either of those could test the patience a little more.