Most of Chelsea fans woke up to the breaking and saddening news about the sacking of their manager, Frank Lampard on Monday. Frank Lampard lost his job at the club after a poor run of form which left the team languishing at the top of the English Premier League table.
His sudden sack has divided the fans as many argued that their young coach needed a little bit of time to blend his players before he was shown the exit door on Monday. Some other fans supported his sacking as they believed his time was up at the club and needed to leave for someone else to take charge.
Was the decision to sack him the right one by the club? Well, below we analyze 3 reasons why we think his sacking might be a big mistake.
1. Lampard had a vision
It is no longer news that Lampard inherited a very weak Chelsea team who was just handed a transfer ban and also lost their starman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. This however, forced the Chelsea legend to stick and work with the few experienced players at his disposal. Lampard gave a lot of youth a chance by promoting them into the first team. He built a lot of confidence in them and even turn most of them into superstars.
It is such a big mistake for Chelsea to let go of such a visionary coach too soon.
2. Chelsea isn’t the only club struggling at the moment.
If there was a list of coaches who was widely expected to be sacked this season, first it would have been Ole Gunnar Solksjaer of Manchester United. The coach faced a tremendous amount of critics from the club’s fans, the media and rival fans. Manchester United who currently top the EPL table initially began the season very slowly which made fans to call for the sacking of Ole, but the board backed him and gave him more time and support to put things in order. Arteta, Pep Guadiola and currently Jurgen Klopp are facing some difficulties in their respective teams, but their club are putting a lot of faith in them and giving them all the support and backing they need to succeed.
When it comes to Lampard, his case is different as Chelsea booted him out when he actually needed a little more time and support to fix things up. The big question right now is, how much time is Chelsea willing to give their new manager if he starts struggling early into the job? Isn’t that same time worthy to be given to Lampard?
3. Player/Coach compatibility
After Lampard was sacked, there has been several rumors that former PSG boss, Thomas Tuchel will be his replacement. Other unanswered questions right now is, are the current Chelsea players the kind of players Tuchel loves working with? Do they fit into his ideology? Will they excel well under him?
Lately, it was obvious Lampard was gradually blending his new recruits who needed some time to find their feet in English football, but right now these same players will have to play under a new manager who will be coming in with a new formation and a different demands which may slow their progress of adapting to the demands of English football.