Patience is needed; he will get the job when he is ready for it

By Terry Sazio

Whilst helping in ‘promoting a health assessment facility that was developed for the world of professional sport’, Chelsea legend and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard sat down with Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella to talk about his managerial journey so far and of course, Chelsea.

Upon reading the interview, the part that stood out the most for me is Frank’s desire for his team to play a style of football that is attack-minded, whilst being aggressive.

Hearing that made me immediately dream of a perfect combination of Maurizio Sarri’s flowing, easy on the eye possession-based style, combined with the ruthless aggression we saw under Jose Mourinho in his first spell at Chelsea (2004-07).

Just the thought of seeing that – when it’s fine-tuned and at it’s absolute best – gives me goosebumps.

“I want my team to play good football, but on the other side of that, I want them to be really aggressive and win the ball back. So I don’t like to try and put myself into one style of play. I think it is important to be adaptable in terms of systems.”

– Frank Lampard

With this said, Lampard also understands that you have to be adaptable and adjust your team to a certain scenario, a certain team when it’s needed. Hearing this gives me confidence for the future for when Frank takes the SW6 hot seat.

“You can’t always play that beautiful football that you are searching for because of the conditions and the opposition. So I think, in terms of trying to box yourself into one style I think it could be wrong in my opinion. But I want to play good football, I want it to be aggressive, I want the fans to see that we are a team that plays with passion and desire and wants to win games of football.”

– Frank Lampard

Something else that was said by Lampard which I appreciated a lot was his admiration for Sarri and sympathises with him over the increasing pressure, the obsession on the term ‘SarriBall’ and constant speculation surrounding the Italian manager

“I respect managers who have a belief in a philosophy or system. I have never worked with Sarri, but I did see his Napoli team play fantastic football. I have got respect for him. I don’t know him that well but I have got respect for him.”

I think it has been unfortunate for Sarri himself, everyone has come up with this ‘Sarriball’ term, but I am not sure I have ever heard him actually milk that one or make it his own. I think he is just trying to win football games and he has brought in players who want to play the way he wants to play. Everyone has become a little bit focused on that fact. I think he is a very good manager.”

– Frank Lampard


I’m just going to say it. And I mean this with the utmost respect I have for him and for what he has given to me as a fan of this football club, for which I forever will be grateful for…

Frank Lampard is not ready to be the manager of Chelsea.

I don’t say that because I’m against him becoming our manager, nor is it because I feel Sarri is still the right man to help us through this transitional period.

It’s because Frank needs time to find his own style and his own way in the (sometimes) brutal world of being a football manager. The last thing I want to see is someone like him rushed into a job at the Bridge and fail. It would be soul destroying.

Photo Source: Derby County

I get that there’s the want and desire from the Chelsea fanbase – when they see what has happened to Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – for the club to appoint a Blues legend – be it Lampard, John Terry, etc.

Solskjaer is going through the honeymoon period right now where everything is going right and cannot be faulted for anything. The second Man Utd has a blip though, that honeymoon is instantly forgotten and the knives will be out for OGS.

Remember, we’ve been through his before with Roberto Di Matteo back in 2012. Whilst he gave us the greatest moment in the history of our club by guiding us to becoming champions of Europe, the fairytale appointment became a disaster very soon after. A good portion of fans use selective memory and don’t want to remember after the night in Munich. But it needs to be seen as a reminder of that hiring a former Blue doesn’t mean guaranteed success.

Lampard will become Chelsea manager one day. A matter of when and not if.

And it’ll be great to have the likes of Terry and Jody Morris alongside him in the management team. The perfect scenario for me in a few years. He will bring back values and beliefs of what this club is all about, some of which have fallen by the wayside over the last couple of years.

But all I’m saying is please give him time. The last thing I want to see as someone who bleeds blue is seeing him booed and wanted out because of the impatience of other fans who demand instant gratification.

He will get the job one day… when it’s right for him and the club.

With everything that has already been mentioned, I highly recommend you give the whole interview a read. Just like anything associated with Lampard, it’s of the highest quality.

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