Incredible. Chelsea’s ruthless streak strikes again. To say I’m devastated is an understatement…
I think many people in the footballing world knew the inevitable was coming, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was the next in line for Roman Abramovich’s veteran axe, however to wake up and see the rumours, followed by the announcement, is heartbreaking.
Let’s not beat around the bush however. Results were not good enough. Be it the players, or manager, sitting 9th in a Premier League in which the top sides have been underperforming, simply isn’t good enough. Ultimately when a side is underperforming like Chelsea are, it’s usually the manager who ends up taking the flak. Even if the gaffer is a club legend who is adored by fans worldwide.
It was announced just a few months back that Lampard would be given full backing by the board, to create a long term project at Stamford Bridge, spending £200m on players that he wanted to bring to London.
The players that entered the club have certainly not been seen to full effect, and maybe that is partly behind the decision to fire the Englishman, but after only half a season, I’m not sure most have even begin to adapt to the style of English football.
After a decisive 3-1 victory against Luton Town in the 4th round of the FA Cup yesterday, it seemed like Frank had in fact bought himself some time to turn things around at Chelsea, but at 11am this morning, the dreaded club announcement was made.
Where do Chelsea go from here? Well in fact they seem to be moving on rather quickly. Ex Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is expected to take over in the very near future, and will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s home match against Wolves.
Tuchel came to light when he took over the job as Manager at Borussia Dortmund after Jurgen Klopp left for Liverpool. He then took over at French side PSG, winning them the domestic quadruple last season, and making it to the Champions League final, only to lose 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
Tuchel’s style of football should suit Chelsea, and maybe the German can get the best out of fellow countrymen Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Either way, like many of his predecessors, Tuchel will be asked for instant success. Without this, he may soon be next in line to be replaced by the ruthlessness of the Chelsea board.