Frank Lampard is set to be unveiled as Chelsea manager imminently after a lone season with Derby County.
The former Blues midfielder is set to rejoin the club this evening. Lampard was Derby’s manager last season and brought the Rams to a play-off final, where they eventually lost to Aston Villa. He did all that in his managerial debut season.
Now, he is set to replace former Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, appeasing fans. The Italian tactician left Stamford Bridge after a tumultuous yet fruitful year with the Blues. Sarri went back to Italy and joined Juventus, after Chelsea won the Europa League in Baku.
Although a lot of Chelsea fans are ecstatic and excited about the return of their former talisman, some quarters believe that Lampard’s move to the top tier might do more harm to his managerial career than good.
It is said that in the first year, a manager can move from nothing to fifty percent with lots of room to improve, increasing every year. For now, the Blues are investing 50 percent on their former ace player.
To see a rookie coach be given the opportunity to lead a top club like Chelsea is really amazing and encouraging, knowing that the club will give him time to learn the ropes. However, if things do not go as planned or if the Blues don’t thrive during his tenure, there will be question marks over Lampard. Remember that the first year will be the unforgiving stage.
If Lampard fails to bring Chelsea to where the fans and the management want the club to be, his career might be in jeopardy. But if he succeeds, things will definitely shine brighter for Lampard.
Regardless of how he fared during his time as player, or how he steered the Rams in the second tier, Lampard will still be judged based on his managerial skills in the Premier League.