Sarri is under fire following a troubled first season at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian’s problems peaked on Sunday when Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat for 28 years in a 6 – 0 thrashing at Manchester City.
That led to Lampard, who is Chelsea ’ s record goal -scorer after a glittering 13- year spell at Stamford Bridge , to find his name mentioned as a candidate to replace Sarri if he is axed by Roman Abramovich .
The former England midfielder helped Chelsea win the Premier League and Champions League among other prizes and is regarded as one of the club’ s all -time greats.
In his first stint as a manager, Lampard has earned plaudits for his work at second – tier Derby, who are in contention for promotion from the Championship.
But, speaking at a press conference on Monday , Lampard showed respect for Sarri’s perilous position as he made it clear he wasn’t ready to declare his interest in the Chelsea job.
“My job is here . We ’ re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town on Wednesday , and Brighton on Saturday , ” he said .
Lampard backed Chelsea to show resilience and respond to the humiliating defeat at the Etihad Stadium , a setback which leaves their top four hopes in turmoil .
Lampard, who had a brief spell at City at the end of his career, admitted he was stunned to see Chelsea out – classed