Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich failed to keep a hold on his patience with a poor run of form of Chelsea in the Premier League. On Monday Frank Lampard’s 19-months tenure came to an end and Chelsea decided to part ways with the former midfielder. Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia had a little talk with the player after the sacking was over.
Frank Lampard was thought to turn around the things for Chelsea and challenge for the league titles. Abramovich has always been impatient with his manager if things fail to go his way. This time again the usual story replayed. But decided to chop Lampard off on Monday having a move on the cards for Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues record scorer failed to live up to the expectations of the Chelsea hierarchy. Not just Lampard failed to bring out the best in the squad but has also struggled with the tactics and players’ selection. Even when the whole world was insanely hit with the financial crisis because of the outbreak of pandemic Chelsea heavily backed Lampard in the last transfer window.
Chelsea was the most active club in the transfer window and the Blues were successful to bring in some big players to the club. Around 220 million pounds were invested to bring the likes Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, and Thiago Silva. The big-money signing could not bring out the title-winning performances.
Was Frank Lampard an ideal Chelsea manager?
The west London giants grew increasingly cautious after the club lost five of their last eight Premier League matches. The successive defeats let Chelsea slip to ninth position in the table. Lampard’s presence on the touchline has been rather gloomy and points per game that has come out as least among all the managers in Abramovich’s era. This speaks volumes of his inexperience.
|12 December||Everton 1-0 Chelsea||L|
|15 December||Wolves 2-1 Chelsea||L|
|21 December||Chelsea 3-0 West Ham||W|
|26 December||Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea||L|
|28 December||Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa||D|
|3 January||Chelsea 1-3 Man City||L|
|16 January||Fulham 0-1 Chelsea||W|
|19 January||Leicester 2-0 Chelsea||L|
Chelsea made a gamble in 2019 when they sack Maurizio Sarri and decided to ask Frank Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge to occupy the hot seat. Little does Chelsea know that even if it made all the sense to bring Frank Lampard. He only holds one-year of managerial experience with Championship club Derby County.
According to football finance journalist Kieran Maguire, Abramovich had spent £110m on sacking managers before Lampard’s dismissal. Even though Chelsea was going through the uneven ban circumstances but Lampard pulled off the first season very well. He not only polished some young talents of Chelsea with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson Odoi. But also guided the club to the FA cup final and finish fourth in the Premier League.
The fact that Chelsea ended the last campaign with fair results suggested that Lampard would give a new way to the Blues. However, the former Chelsea boss could not handle the huge pressure of blending the big money moves with better results on the pitch.
Message to a former boss
Chelsea announced the departure after Abramovich ruthlessly pulled the trigger on their now former manager in a short statement. The club released a statement saying that the entire decision has been a really difficult one. Neither the Board nor the owner has taken it lightly.
The recent results have not met the expectation and the club was floating in mid-table with no clear path. There can never be a good time to part ways with the legend. But the decision is taken after understanding the need to give the club a chance and time. This will improve the performances and eventually the results. The club was also grateful to the former boss for all of his achievements as a Head coach.
The Sun says the Chelsea performance advisor Petr Cech arranged a private talk with the squad after the incident He explained the situation and that was followed by Marina Granovskaia speaking to them. Nobody is aware of the talk. But there are reports claiming that Thomas Tuchel is most likely to succeed Lampard at Chelsea. He is most likely to take the immediate charge as Chelsea prepares for a clash with Wolves on Wednesday.
On hearing the news of Chelsea parting ways with Lampard his uncle and former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp slammed Chelsea for not giving them time to turn things around. He suggested that every manager goes through bad spells like that of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, and a couple of weeks back it was Ole Gunner Solskjaer. Manchester United give him time to survive and things started working well.