Embed from Getty ImagesAfter 18 months leading British Premier League club Chelsea FC, former legend Franck Lampard has been sacked. This came a bit out of a surprise but should it really be? Currently sitting in the 9th position of the premier league, 11 points away from leading Manchester United, the situation is not the one hoped for the London club. Although, is it really as bad as it looks? Was it the right decision to fire club's legend Frank Lampard after more than a year and a half at the club?
What went wrong?
Lampard came back at Chelsea after a successful year managing Derby County, leading them to a championship play-off final in 2019.As a player, Franck Lampard became a legend at Stamford Bridge thanks to more than 429 games and 147 goals. He also won many titles along the way.As a manager, Lampard had a first encouraging season, finishing 4th and qualifying for the Champions League. Moreover, Lampard brought back a Chelsea/British flavour to the club, giving more importance to players such as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Tomori or Reece James.Embed from Getty ImagesThe season started well with good results in the Premier League and a first position in their champions league group.Then came the months of December and January. In these two months, Chelsea went on to lose 5 games, losing for example back to back against Everton and Wolverhampton.
The added pressure for summer transfers
What was supposed to be the greatest gift, ended up to be a poisoned one. Chelsea looked very ambitious this summer, recruiting high profile players such as Kai Havertz, Hakim Zyech, Timo Werner, Chilwell and Thiago Silva.Embed from Getty ImagesMore importantly, a lot of money was spent this summer: 250 mio euros in total.We all know that with money comes pressure. The pressure to win games because we have spent money. This a very business minded view that cannot unfortunately be translated to the reality of a football pitch.Franck Lampard certainly paid, to some extend, the price of not having results (quickly) with so much investment made in the team.
But is it fair?
We are talking here about Franck Lampard, a club legends that was certainly going through a rough patch.However, coaches are or were before him in the same situation. We can think about Arteta, or Klopp at the moment, or Solskjaer at the beginning of the season.These coaches have all different situations and contexts but have similarities with Lampard: they are coaching a very ambitious team and have had some bad results at some point. The three of them have still a bench to sit on while Lampard is now out.To make an impact with a team, a coach needs time. However, it seems that Lampard has not been given too much time to implement his ideas with the newly built team.Pep Guardiola knows it perfectly, a coach's reality at this stage is quite straightforward: you must win.
Young and old managers - here you have to win. The people talk about projects and ideas but it doesn't exist. You have to win, if not, you will be sacked.Pep Guardiola
It has been a long time since we haven't seen such small difference between the top 6 in the premier league. With the second worst winning percentage of the Abramovich era (behind Andre Villas Boas), Franck Lampard didn't survive to this crazy season.
Thomas Tuchel, irony?
Thomas Tuchel will be named Chelsea's coach with some irony behind it.Indeed, it feels like Thomas Tuchel sack from PSG was not completely fair either. Bringing the team to the first ever Champions League final and fighting for the first spots in Ligue 1 and still be fired for Pocchetino.Thomas Tuchel has now a bench and will join a group of highly qualified coaches already in place and will fight to bring Chelsea to the first positions in the league. But careful! Seats are expensive to keep.Embed from Getty ImagesGive us your opinion in the comments! Was it fair to you?If you are looking for more articles or coaching content, go to coachbetter, and start reading!