When Chelsea legend Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to take over from the unpopular Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019, he appeared to be the right coach for a side looking to start a new path.
But in the end this was nothing but an illusion, and yesterday it was eliminated in the same manner that 11 former coaches had suffered under the leadership of Russian club owner Roman Abramovich.
How did Lampard – born in London on June 20 1978 – fall from the fan-favorite as a player to breaking out of the narrow door as a coach?
– He started his career with West Ham United, and after a loan spell with Swansea City, he returned to be the cornerstone of West Ham from 1996 to 2001 under Harry Redknapp.
– On October 10, 1999, his international page with the national team was opened, and he played 106 matches with him, and participated in the World Cup twice and the European Championship 2004, as he was the deputy captain of the national team in the 2014 World Cup.
Lampard moved from West Ham to Chelsea for $ 15 million in 2001, and after his first two modest seasons, he became one of the world’s leading scoring midfielders.
– He won the league titles with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006 with Jose Mourinho, and 2010 with Carlo Ancelotti. He led this team to the Champions League 2012 and European League 2013, in addition to the FA Cup 4 times and the Professional League Cup twice.
– Lampard became Chelsea’s all-time top scorer after hitting the goal of 211 in all competitions.
– He left this club in 2014 and moved to New York City on a two-season contract before joining Manchester City on loan.
– Lampard retired in 2017.
His career as a coach
Lampard began his career as a coach in the second division with Derby County in 2018, and led him to the club at the end of his first season.
– He assumed responsibility instead of Sari in 2019 and won admiration in his first season despite the lack of strengthening of the team due to the ban imposed by the International Federation (FIFA) on transfers. He led the “Blues” to the quarter-final league and the FA Cup final, but lost to Arsenal.
– With Lampard, Chelsea spent more than 220 million pounds ($ 300.94 million) to support the team this season, and signed with Kay Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyash and Edward Mendy, as the club sought to reduce the gap with Liverpool and Manchester City.
– It seemed to the coach that maintaining his unbeaten record in 17 straight matches had boosted his standing and hopes for the title title, but he came under mounting pressure after the team’s performance declined in December.
– The defeats, against Everton, Wolverhampton, Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester City, added to the pressure on Lampard and was sacked yesterday, less than 24 hours after the 3-1 victory over Luton Town and reaching the fifth round of the Federation Cup.