Our all-time record goalscorer and one of our greatest players is back at Stamford Bridge as our brand new manager. That’s right, Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea on a three-year deal as our full-time manager.
Welcome home, Super Frank!
Five years after leaving us as a player, the 41-year-old returns having played on for a couple more years before learning his trade as a coach and then getting his first managerial role at Derby County last season. Frank has said:
‘I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach. Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.’
Lampard will come back to us from Derby along with Jody Morris and Chris Jones as part of his back room staff. Both of course having previously been at Stamford Bridge in various capacities. They will come in alongside Eddie Newton who will be promoted up to the first team coaching staff.
Apparently Derby County will receive £4 million in compensation for the remaining two years of Lampard’s contract with them. Along with other amounts of money to cover the departures of Morris and Jones too.
We do feel for Derby, it’s absolutely the wrong time for them, but if they’d have denied him the chance then it could have all gone wrong for them anyway. Their loss in our gain and I cannot wait to see Frank in the dugout at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City on Saturday 18th August.
Before that though he has two other tests to face, first a trip to Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League season as he takes on Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s Manchester United. Then the chance of silverware with the UEFA Super Cup Final against Liverpool in Istanbul at Besiktas’ BJK Vodafone Park Stadium.
People will say Lampard has nothing to lose, but he still surely has in our opinion. It’s not his fault we are currently unable to sign players because of our two window FIFA embargo from after irregularities in signing youth players, but that will not stop criticism from some if he fails to get results.
Therefore, even with that embargo in place and plenty of first-team players to choose from, we don’t think that’ll stop him from giving some of our younger players more of a chance in the first team.
Mason Mount, who Frank knows all about after his time at Derby is back at Stamford Bridge and will surely be given a chance to perform in the Premier League now? Then there is Callum Hudson-Odoi who has had limited chances so far in the first-team but does now look ready.
Then he has both Tammy Abraham and Reece James back from their respective loan deals, who will surely be given a chance as well? Or will he see something in any of our other thirty plus players that have been out on loan in the past year or so.
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I love Lampard though, he worked so hard as a young footballer to come through the ranks at West Ham before moving to us and making a right name for himself. He learnt so much under Mourinho too and all his hardwork and dedication paid off as he scored goal after goal and helped us win trophy after trophy.
He’s earned loads of money in his career too, so he didn’t need to go into actual coaching or management, but his love and passion for the game is there for all to see. He believes in everything he does and from what I have seen, he works so hard again and again at everything he does.
Maybe the Chelsea job as come around too early in his management career, maybe it hasn’t, but there is only one way for him to find out and for me, he deserves it. Some will of course say he’s only managed for a year and Chelsea is currently too big for him, but so what, there is no guarantee with any manager or any rule to say you must have done this etc. If people are not given a chance they we will never know.
There you have it then, Frank Lampard is the manager of Chelsea Football Club. The first full-time English manager of our club since the days of Glenn Hoddle all those years ago. Question is, will he become the first manager since Jose Mourinho’s first stint in charge to see out their first full contract with us? Only time will tell at our club, but we’re absolutely right behind you Frank!