With feelings running high, following the latest abysmal result, at Manchester City, there are many supporters who don’t see Maurizio Sarri as being the manager to lead Chelsea into a new trophy-laden era.
Many are called for the Italian, who has now presided over three very poor Premier League away performances on the trot, to be axed.
But, whilst we wait for any such dramatic move to happen, there is a growing clamour, amongst the Chelsea support, for a familiar face to be given the role, Frank Lampard.
However, would Lampard be the answer?
In his first season in a managerial role, Lampard is doing okay at Derby County with his side on the fringes of the play-off zone in the Championship.
But Frank has admitted that he is still earning the trade and is still getting to grips with everything that has to be done aside from training and selecting the team.
It is a long learning process but we’re sure one that Frank will master.
Managing Chelsea though is a completely different ball-game, the expectations are higher, a top-four place is a necessity whilst also sticking some silverware in the cabinet remains essential.
Lampard holds legendary status at Stamford Bridge, his position as the highest goal-scorer in our history will remain his legacy as will all the silverware, culminating in the ‘Holy Grail’ being won, he helped the club to amass.
Although seeing Lampard in the managerial hot-seat, one day would be a dream come true, here at Vital Chelsea, we’re of the opinion that, although Lampard would command respect in the dressing room, now is too soon.
Yesterday, aware of the growing momentum linking him with a return to Stamford Bridge, Lampard, as reported by the Standard, took the opportunity to distance himself from the job, telling a Derby media conference:
“My job is here.”
Continuing to divert any talk of a return, Lampard went on to reiterate that it is his belief that a club of Chelsea’s magnitude will, inevitably, bounce back from their recent disasters, further adding:
“With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.
“For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”
Well, we did have, but do we have that gumption now to turn the tide?
I’ve no doubt that one day, Frank Lampard will make an emotional return to our club in the managerial hot-seat but that moment is a couple of years away, at least.
Lampard is wise enough to know now is too soon and is content to learn his trade elsewhere doing the groundwork that will make him, hopefully, as successful a manager as he was a player.
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