What can new boss Frank Lampard offer to Chelsea?
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has returned to Stamford Bridge as the club's new manager. As per the official announcement, Lampard has been given a three-year deal. He ended his career at Chelsea in 2014 and will look to make an impression as a manager now. Lampard replaces Maurizio Sarri, who left for Juventus after just one season. What does he bring to the table?
Lampard managed Derby County before moving to Stamford Bridge
Lampard managed Championship side Derby County for one season and impressed everyone. He led the side to Championship play-off final, before losing to Aston Villa. He had a success rate of 42.1% at Derby in his maiden year as a manager. This is a massive move for the former England international. The real work starts here and Lampard will be severely tested.
A celebrated player and a club legend
Lampard is a Chelsea hero alongside John Terry and Didier Drogba. He had enormous success here in the past. Lampard played 648 games for Chelsea and left as their record goal-scorer (211). He won a staggering 13 titles that included the Champions League. The three-time Premier League winner will be wanting to transform the winning mentality into his coaching stint here.
My sole focus is on the job in hand: Lampard
"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," said Lampard.
Lampard the man in a crunch situation
Lampard comes in at a crunch situation, as the Blues have been handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA. Chelsea are appealing against the same at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Lampard could be key here. He knows the youth system in and out and will give youngsters the chance to go and express themselves. He will hope to use this period wisely.
Lampard is Chelsea's new boss under Abramovich era
Lampard needs time to thrive here at Stamford Bridge. Ever since 2003, when Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea, the club has seen 13 managerial changes, including two interim bosses. Chelsea follow the perform or perish philosophy and so far the method has worked. They have been largely successful in terms of trophies won and are a force to be reckoned with.
Will manager Lampard's tactics work at Chelsea?
Lampard lacks the experience of the biggest stage as a manager. But this could be something that works well. The players will want to give their absolute best under a former hero. Also, he will bring a lot of positive influence with his thorough knowledge of the club. There is also an instant connection with the fans.
Belief key here for Lampard
Lampard knew this is the right moment to take a big step so early in his managerial career. Perhaps, this chance wouldn't have arrived later on. He will enjoy every moment and will want to stamp his mark from day one itself.