FOOTBALL fans have hailed Roy Keane after footage of him criticising Frank Lampard during his first stint at Chelsea re-emerged.
Blues’ record goalscorer Lampard, 44, was sacked by the club in January 2021 after 18 months in charge.
Frank Lampard suffered a sixth straight loss as Chelsea interim manager on Tuesday
Roy Keane has always been sceptical of Lampard’s managerial ability
Following Graham Potter’s dismissal last month, he was re-appointed as interim boss until the end of the season.
But Chelsea have lost all six games since he returned, going down 3-1 to Arsenal in another dismal display on Tuesday evening.
Lampard also set an unwanted record by becoming the first English manager in 35 years to lose 10 top-flight games in a row – six with Chelsea and four with Everton.
And, like many sceptics of his managerial credentials, Keane called out Lampard way back in 2020 when he was struggling during his initial spell at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on Sky Sports three years ago, the Manchester United legend said: “Frank Lampard’s lost eight games, but for some reason ‘Frank’s doing alright’. Maybe because he’s English, I don’t know.
“Frank’s track record, his CV, he went to Derby and didn’t get promoted.
“But Frank’s got all the answers for Chelsea? He hasn’t.”
When the footage re-surfaced on social media, one person replied: “Roy Keane on Lampard in 2020. Keane is always ahead of the curve.”
Another added: “Spot on Keane
And a third responded: “Absolutely bang on, he gets a free ride because no one wants to tell it straight as they played with him. Lamps’ record as a manager is one of the worst in the game.”
Chelsea found themselves 3-0 down inside 34 minutes against London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.
And they were hammered from all angles by various pundits, with ex-Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas providing a damning assessment.
He said: “When I was little, I had a coach with 11 olives and he would throw them on the table with no tactics. This is how I see Chelsea.”
On commentary, Jamie Carragher said: “This club is an absolute mess.”
And Gary Neville added: “Chelsea are a disgrace out there.”
They sit 12th in the Premier League table on 39 points, with their final five games coming against Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Man Utd and Newcastle.