Explaining why Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea
Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea in 2019 was supposed to bring back the happy times at Stamford Bridge, but here we are, 18 months later, and the fans are as low as they’ve ever been.
The club’s record scorer received his marching orders after a poor run of results, but as reports from the Telegraph and Athletic have shown, performances on the pitch were one of many, a lot things are getting out of hand under Lampard.
Let’s take a look at some of the key issues.
Starting with the obvious, Lampard’s Chelsea were not beating the upper sides and had stopped reaping results against the smaller ones. Whether they are in transition or not, it will not reduce the situation.
Roman Abramovich was concerned about the huge gap between his side and Liverpool and Manchester City, and while it is not those specific teams this year that are walking away, the fact is Chelsea are not in the front row. Again.
The bare minimum was that Chelsea had to return to the Champions League, and the fear was that Lampard might not be able to do so.
Lampard’s desire to bring in young players was exciting, but it also left him with a host of disgruntled senior players who were forced to watch on the sidelines.
Antonio Rudiger has clashed several times with captain Cesar Azpilicueta for his lack of minutes, while Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga have all reportedly clearly expressed their frustrations.
Some of the youngest players on the squad have even complained about the way some senior teammates have acted towards them, saying Lampard favors them because of their status as academy graduates.
Chelsea have tried to offload a lot of those players this summer, but have failed to find buyers, leaving Lampard with a bloated squad and a dark cloud over Cobham.
It’s no secret that Lampard wanted to bring Declan Rice back from West Ham to the club, but Chelsea were not happy with the idea of dropping £ 80million on a player they had taken out when they were child,
A source told The Athletic in December, “He has to stop pushing for Rice or he will lose his job. The hierarchy is very suspicious of the potential embarrassment of redeeming an academy rejection at enormous expense.
Lampard has not stopped pushing, and the tensions with Marina Granovskaia have only grown.
After a dreadful 2019/20 season, Lampard has put on the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. He pushed in and secured Edouard Mendy of Rennes as his replacement, but Granovskaia was not impressed to see his investment in Kepa wasted.
Club chiefs wanted Lampard to try and work with Kepa to bring out the best in the Spaniard, but Lampard was tired and wanted someone new instead. It was left to Granovskaia and Petr Cech to take care of the goalkeeper.
Kepa felt that Lampard could have done more to help him, and the board agreed.
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