Chelsea are enduring their worst season form since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City piled on the pressure for beleaguered boss Frank Lampard.
He has now lost four of his last six league matches, picking up just one win against West Ham.
Chelsea have slipped to eighth in the table as a result, having gained only 26 points with seven wins from 17 games.
That is the worst start to a season during all 17 years of owner Abramovich’s Stamford Bridge reign.
And Lampard also has the worst average points-per-game during the Russian’s tenure, picking up just 1.67 points from 55 league matches.
That’s even worse than flops including Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari.