It’s almost a week since Frank Lampard was appointed as Chelsea manager, as his appointment was confirmed last Thursday.
Lampard’s appointment will come as a surprise to many as the Chelsea legend is yet to coach at the top level. Lampard only has a year experience as a manager as he led Derby County to the Championship play-off final, losing only to Aston Villa 2-1.
Chelsea have never made this kind of appointment in the Roman Abramovich era, but the Blues have gone on to appoint a manager who isn’t proven at the top. It might be a high risk appointment, but it’s definitely worth it as Lampard has the passion, determination and right mindset to lead Chelsea.
For Lampard to succeed, it must be a collective effort from himself, the Chelsea board, the players and the fans.
These are two things Chelsea fans can do to help Lampard be a success next season:
1. Unwavering support
Chelsea’s support for the Lampard must be absolute to help the new manager and the team next season. Stamford Bridge has a bit of a cold atmosphere most times, and Jose Mourinho complained about this during his second stint as Chelsea manager.
The Chelsea fans must be ready to be the 12th man as they support the team next season. Stamford Bridge used to be a fortress, and it must return so. If the fans become vociferous in their support of the team, it’ll boost the players’ confidence and send fear to the opposition.
Also, Chelsea fans must be loyal in support of the team. A defeat or drop in point shouldn’t deter the fans from supporting the team. Morale was low most part of last season under Maurizio Sarri, as Chelsea conceded silly goals despite being dominant in games and the Blues lost a number of games from winning positions because the morale was low.
If the fans can give Lampard and the lads undying support next season and keep Stamford Bridge rocking, success might not be far off as it will give the team the belief to go on and win against the odds.
The hallmark of every great team has been built on patience. No great team is built overnight, but over a period of time. Patience has never been in the dictionary of Chelsea fans, but it’s a culture the Blues must now be willing to accept.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn’t believe Chelsea will be patient with Lampard. Merson insists that if Lampard loses six games in a row, his job will be under threat.
“No [Lampard won’t be given more time], I don’t think so,” Merson said on the Transfer Talk podcast.
“A legend, that soon goes out the window if you lose six games on the trot.
“The problem you have is it’s all about the players. At the end of the day you’ve got to have the players.
“If you’ve got the players and they’re going to run through a brick wall for you and they’re going to work hard, and they’re talented, you’ve got a chance.
“The problem is, if they lose six on the trot like Man United, the fans start having a go at the players and not the manager because the manager is a legend, then the players start copping the hump.
“That’s where the problem comes.”
Chelsea fans must imbibe the spirit of patience if Lampard will be successful in the job. The fans should be patient with the new manager, the players and the tactics.
If the fans can have this in mind ahead of the new season, then Chelsea are on a course to success.