Peter Crouch says it was ‘hard’ for Chelsea to fire Frank Lampard
Premier League specialist Peter Crouch described Chelsea’s sacking of former England teammate Frank Lampard as “tough”, suggesting that if anyone deserved more time in the job it would be the Stamford Bridge legend.
Lampard paid the price for a run of form which had seen Chelsea lose five of their last eight Premier League games and climb to the middle of the table, despite being equipped with more than £ 200million in new ones players during the summer.
The 42-year-old’s last game in charge was an improved result in an FA Cup fourth round victory over Luton, after complaining that too many of his players were not doing enough bases or doing enough working during matches. .
Chelsea’s hierarchy pulled the metaphorical trigger on Monday and owner Roman Abramovich said the move should not take away Lampard’s status as the club’s legend. But Crouch hoped his former international colleague would have more time to make his mark.
“Brutal. It’s a good word, ”he said, speaking to 90 minutes Ben Haines.
“It’s just hard. It was as if Chelsea were getting something by hiring Frank. I think they had lost their way a bit, lost their identity, and I felt like Frank was an institution of the football club and an absolute legend of the club.
“He started to pass some of the young players like Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour. They have Mason Mount running things in the midfield and it feels like there was some sort of identity at the club, ”Crouch continued.
The glove was laid for an inexperienced Lampard from the moment he took the job, with Chelsea serving a transfer ban at the time that prevented him from immediately putting his own stamp on the squad, other than promoting inside.
But the Blues still reached the 2020 FA Cup final and finished in the Premier League top four to ensure they would play in the Champions League this season and Crouch suggests that while the poor results are impossible to ignore, these achievements deserved more patience.
“For him to do as well as he did and bring the club into the Champions League when they were in trouble. Then they were top of the league, what? A few months ago when they were doing well, ”said the former Liverpool, Tottenham and Stoke striker.
“Yeah, he was going through his first blip and they’re not playing well, you can’t dress him up.” He will have been disappointed Frank, along with his team, but sending him back after his first dive into form feels so hard.
“We are all surprised, but are we surprised? When Frank took on the job he would have known how ruthless the owner can be. We would all like to think [it would have been different] but it has been proven that this is simply not the case.
“The owner has had incredible success over the years in his own way. You have to say that. But it was just like something was a change this time around because if someone deserved a little grace for a slight dip in shape right now then you think it would be Frank. But this has not been proven.
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