The manager of a club is the face of the club. However their many people behind the scenes who are even more influential than the manager. Chelsea are no exception to it as well, they have a manager in Frank Lampard but there are people behind the scenes who make decisions. There are people who will decide whether to keep him or to sack him.
At Chelsea, Roman Abramovich the owner of the club takes a decision on these matters. He bought the club in 2003 and since then they had 13 different managers. The Russian millionaire is known to have no patience if results are not going his way. Abramovich’s solution has been to sack the manager and so far it has worked very well.
Alongside Abramovich, there is another person who has considerable influence at the club, it is Marina Granovskaia. She is also known as the most powerful woman in the world of football. It was under her, that Chelsea managed to sign seven new players in 2020, as she is said to be a fantastic negotiator. She is also said to be the one who is in direct contact with Abramovich at Chelsea.
Thus given here importance it is obvious that she will be consulted when a big decision is taken at the club. Frank Lampard’s job at the club is under serious threat. The results in Premier League haven’t been good and the way Chelsea playing has been embarrassing. The manner in which they have lost games makes one question Lampard more.
The clash between Abramovich and Granovskaia:
According to ESPN, the pair can’t decide who should succeed Frank Lampard at the club. The likes of Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Brendon Rodgers and Julian Nagelsmann have been heavily linked with the club. While Massimiliano Allegri is not on the list to replace him. It is also possible that more names might pop up if Lampard is sacked as Chelsea manager.
There are also disagreements whether they should appoint an interim manager or a permanent manager should be appointed. Former manager Avram Grant and former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko are potential options for an interim manager. Avram Grant last managed West Ham in 2011 but the Hammers were relegated from the Premier League under him.
While Andriy Shevchenko has only managed the Ukraine national team. Apart from that, he has no managerial experience. It is possible that Lampard might be able to turn things around the club. They are just five points away from fourth place in Liverpool. Chelsea is at 29 points from 19 games and Liverpool are at 34 points from 19 games.
The same report from ESPN has also stated that players are very confused under Frank Lampard. They are yet to truly find a position in which they can adjust these players. It is his cut and chop approach that some players believe is the reason why they have been inconsistent. Initially, Chelsea played a 4-5-1, then a 4-3-3 but nothing seems to get the best out of all the players.
12th Man Opinion
There many issues at Chelsea under Frank Lampard, the players they spent their money on, his team selections, his Fikayo Tomori’s treatment, alleged favouritism toward Mount etc. A reason for this could be his lack of experience at the top level. He has shown signs of a good manager but still, he needs more time to master his trade.
Unfortunately at Stamford Bridge managers aren’t given that much time. If Chelsea wants to back him, then they must back him all way, because it is likely that eventually, he will become a top manager. There is no point in keeping him till the end of the season if they want to sack him at the end of the season.
However, if Chelsea has decided to sack him, then two questions arise, should they appoint a permanent manager or someone for a short term. On paper, it would be better to appoint a permanent manager right now. If a new manager comes in, he can assess the squad and then they can sign new players in the summer. However, at this stage of the season, very few managers will be available who can be signed permanently.
Currently, Allegri and Sarri are two managers who are available for free. However, Allegri’s style won’t suit these players, while this team is exactly not suitable for Sarriball. Thus it would be better if they can wait until the summer. Till that time they can appoint an interim manager, but they should go for someone who has good experience. Guus Hiddink might be available, they might even try a shot on Jupp Heynckes and Rafa Benetiz is also available.