With the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard finally being completed by the club, it symbolizes a paradigm shift from the clubs’ usual policy of appointing proven winners at the helm and expecting immediate success.
Although, it has proved to be somewhat successful formula, if you consider the amount of silverware since the beginning of the Roman Abramovich era, it has come at the cost of countless managerial sackings resulting in a situation where a particular manager was never really given the chance to build a team which resulted in instability at the top.
But, this change in mindset was visible from last year when Maurizio Sarri was appointed the manager.
The Italian had never won a trophy at the top before but he had a reputation of making his teams play beautiful, attacking football which won him plaudits all over the world.
Chelsea, under Mourinho and Antonio Conte, played a brand of football which wasn’t particularly easy on the eye but resulted in a lot of silverware. Both managers had a reputation of being strong headed and demanded complete control over the day to day happenings of the club which resulted in their relationship getting strained with their respective clubs.
Chelsea have a history of getting rid of managers as soon as things start going downhill and the desired results and targets are not achieved. This has often resulted in a situation where a particular manager never really got the chance to create a team according to their philosophy.
Now, that all might change with the appointment of club legend Lampard who, if the reports are to be believed, will be given ample time to create his mark at the club, and hence, expectations will be kept realistic.
One specific area where the club wants to improve certainly is the integration of academy players into the first team, for which Chelsea is not really known for.
If Lampard’s last season at Derby County is to be taken into consideration, then young players can be optimistic about their chances of breaking into the first team setup if they manage to impress the legendary midfielder.
Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, Hudson-Odoi are few of the players who will be relishing the chance of working under him and finally showing their worth at the biggest stage of all.
Of course, they all need to be patient, since there are plenty of established stars already in the current squad, but one thing is for certain, that Lampard will not hesitate in giving youngsters an immediate go ahead if senior players don’t respond on the pitch.
One more thing in his favour will be the support of the fans and the respect the players have for him. He is arguably the greatest Chelsea player ever and the Chelsea fans love him to the core.
Also, the mutual admiration between the players, especially the senior ones and Lampard is something that will probably ensure a harmonious dressing room.
At last, one can assume that his appointment has come as a silver lining during testing times of the club when they are serving a two-window transfer ban and have considerably fallen behind in the pecking order to Manchester City and Liverpool.
Super Frank will definitely need time to settle and if club backs him during all this while, he will definitely take Chelsea to greater heights, just like how he did when he was a player.