From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king. (J. R. R. Tolkien)
Chelsea fans never did get the chance to say a fitting goodbye to Frank Lampard in 2014.
Unbeknown to many, Super Frank was substituted at half-time in his final professional appearance at Stamford Bridge – whilst most Chelsea fans completely in the dark about his imminent departure. Totally unbefitting of a man who was a legendary king of SW6.
His return as manager will allow every one of us to put that right; and will mend so much of the gaping division within our broken fanbase. I do not doubt that Frank receive a reception befitting the return of a king when he finally returns to Stamford Bridge to play Leicester in August.
Our previous two managers have divided us all. As everyone involved with Chelsea quarrelled, Stamford Bridge became a shell of the noisy, joyous ground I first visited as a young boy during Lampard’s Chelsea heyday.
I am certain that Frank gives us an antidote to the divisions across Chelsea Football Club.
Everyone associated with our club will push together for him to succeed. I am convinced that he will be backed at boardroom level – and Petr Cech’s appointment will assist this. Roman will not pull the trigger as readily as in times gone by.
If reports are to be believed, Lampard will be promised two full seasons to prove his worth. This appears to be something of the long-term stability craved by almost all of our fanbase. I cannot envisage a single soul jeering Frank’s leadership – no matter where we stand in the league, or how humiliating the result.
I will not pretend that this appointment solves all of our problems. Anyone can justifiably be concerned about Lampard’s lack of experience. Eden’s departure, one which wasbefitting of a legend, has left a colossal hole. Our transfer ban limits our ability to replace him.
The challenge for Super Frank will be the greatest of since Glen Hoddle arrived in turmoil in 1993. He has everything to prove and must build upon his achievements at Derby to succeed at Chelsea.
There is no guarantee that this will happen.
No matter whether he succeeds or fails, he will be backed and given the best chance by us all.
Frank Lampard is our light that has sprung from the shadows. The light that unites every one of us; and renews our fanbase into the strong force of old.
Whatever happens, Frank Lampard will always be our king.