Sun. Jun 23rd, 2019

FAN VIEW: Lampard could remove the poisonous atmosphere created by Sarri

FAN VIEW: Frank Lampard could remove the poisonous atmosphere created by Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge… appointing Chelsea’s best ever player could be a masterstroke

  • A large section of Chelsea fans are desperate to see the back of Maurizio Sarri
  • Many want to see club legend Frank Lampard leave Derby to manage Chelsea
  • Fan Rory Jennings believes appointing Lampard could be a masterstroke
  • He says Lampard could rid club of the poisonous atmosphere created by Sarri 

Despite finishing third in the Premier League and reaching the finals of both the Europa League and Carabao Cup, a large section of Chelsea fans are desperate to see the back of manager Maurizio Sarri this summer.

According to reports in Italy, the club are ready to install Derby boss and club legend Frank Lampard in his place – a decision which would be widely backed by the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Here, die-hard Chelsea fan Rory Jennings gives his thoughts on a decision that could be ‘one of the most inspiring in the club’s history’… 

Frank Lampard celebrates after his Derby side secured their place in the play-off final

As a football fan for over a quarter of a century it’s very rare that you experience a new feeling. Heartbreaks, glory, injustices, fortune, we have experienced it all countless times. However, last week something very odd happened, twice I felt a brand-new sensation. 

I got goosebumps watching a game that didn’t involve my team. That has certainly never happened before and simultaneously I found myself, a Chelsea fan, feeling very jealous of Derby County fans… that has also never happened before.

The reason, of course, is Chelsea’s greatest ever player: Frank Lampard. Watching clips of Derby fans singing about Lampard ‘being at the wheel’, the clips from the dressing room as they ironically chant ‘Stop Crying Frank Lampard’, the huge bar tab that Lampard paid, Jody Morris’ Instagram account (which was a treasure for 24 hours after that victory), Lampard obeying the chants of the Derby fans and starting the bounce… the list goes on and on and it was a joy to watch.

Maurizio Sarri isn't liked by most of the Chelsea fans and they would be happy to see him leave

Maurizio Sarri isn’t liked by most of the Chelsea fans and they would be happy to see him leave

Lampard (second right) is a Chelsea legend and would be welcomed back with open arms

Lampard (second right) is a Chelsea legend and would be welcomed back with open arms

Now if you compare all that to what we currently have at the helm, you realise why the vast majority of the Stamford Bridge attendees are all so desperate for us to bid arrivederci to Maurizio Sarri. 

In an era when the chasm between football supporters and the clubs themselves has never felt bigger, Derby have someone who bridges the gap. He empathises with the fans and, crucially, fans can relate to him.

Conversely, we have a man who couldn’t be bothered to watch our youngest prospect make his England debut, a man who has absolutely no interest in engaging or connecting with the supporters and a man who treats one of our best servants over the past seven years with utter disdain.

As a result, the atmosphere around the club is poisonous. Frank Lampard would immediately change all that. If he was given the chance to lead us, all Chelsea fans would be over the moon. Frank fully understands the club and to have a Chelsea man in charge of the club again is exactly what we need. 

Lampard celebrates wildly at Elland Road; he has enjoyed a wonderful start to management

Lampard celebrates wildly at Elland Road; he has enjoyed a wonderful start to management

Lampard (left) could rid Stamford Bridge of the poisonous atmosphere created by Sarri

Lampard (left) could rid Stamford Bridge of the poisonous atmosphere created by Sarri

LAMPARD’S CAREER

As a player:

1995-2001: West Ham

—–> 1995–1996: Swansea (loan)

2001-2014: Chelsea

2014-2015: Manchester City

2015-2016: New York City

As a manager:

2018-present: Derby County 

He’s a proven winner who got himself to being the second best footballer in the world behind Ronaldinho through nothing but sheer hard work. We sing about him every game. We love him. And he loves us. 

It would be so refreshing to have our greatest ever player in charge of our team, reinforced by Jody Morris, a man who grew up in the shadow of Stamford Bridge and went on to play over 100 games for the club.

Any reservation that people have about him being a relatively new to management aren’t legitimate for me. Sarri has been a manager for 30 years and has won nothing so we know all too well that ‘experience’ doesn’t always mean competency. 

When Ruud Gullit took over, he had no experience and won us our first trophy in 26 years. Gianluca Vialli then took the reins, he too had no experience and won a huge haul of trophies including the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Cup Winners Cup and the Super Cup. 

Roberto Di Matteo also had no experience and gave us the most glorious night in our history, so Lampard coming in? One thing for sure is it won’t be worse than what we have had to put up with this season but it could also be an appointment that is one of the most inspiring in the club’s history. Never have we needed it more.

Roberto Di Matteo had no experience and gave Chelsea 'the most glorious night in our history'

Roberto Di Matteo had no experience and gave Chelsea ‘the most glorious night in our history’

Chelsea's players celebrate after securing their passage to this season's Europa League final

Chelsea’s players celebrate after securing their passage to this season’s Europa League final

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