Blues Hero Reveals The Right Man To Help Lampard Achieve Success At Stamford Bridge

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Frank Lampard was appointed as Derby County manager last season, in what was his first ever managerial appointment, and the former Blue took Jody Morris along with him.

Morris was the head coach of the Chelsea youth team and was doing a very good job there before joining to assist Lampard in the Championship.

They worked hand in hand to achieve success with the Rams last season as they almost guided the Rams into the Premier League, falling short in the Championship playoff final against Aston Villa.

Upon his appointment as the new Chelsea manager, Lampard brought Morris along with him, and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Lampard has the right man as his assistant.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “So far so emotional, though with our own Jody Morris beside him, you get the feeling he has just the right man to keep his and everyone else on the teams’ emotions in check.

“Oddly enough, I will be watching Jody just as much as Frank when the cameras close in on those first few weeks. They will need each other this season and they will need to stay on as even a keel as possible because there will definitely be ups and downs.”

He also hailed the new management team and believes that Chelsea fans will be supportive.

He went on: “Once the initial feelings fade, and that could be quite quickly, they both know that there is a serious job of work to be done and they would not want it any other way. They will want to be judged honestly and fairly; that is just the way of the game at the top level, no matter who you are or how adored you are.

“Many who are not Chelsea fans will be looking for, and in some cases praying for, any signs of weakness and will be well prepared to pile on the pressure. Unfortunately for them, I think they might be wasting their time because of the strength of character and the intelligence of our new management team.

“I will be honest: there have been times in the past where I have felt the need to give a gentle nudge to some Chelsea fans to stay with a manager through some sticky times. It is not a regular occurrence as we are generally real supporters, not professional moaners. There isn’t the feeling we have a divine right to win trophies every season from our stands; it isn’t in the DNA of the club. We stick by our own longer than most other sets of fans. There is an inbred loyalty, which of course can only be stretched so far, but it is there.

“There is no need to even mention that with our new management team. We will stick by them.”

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