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Abramovich is a model of consistency at Chelsea which is bad news for Lampard


When it comes to managers, Roman Abramovich’s hire-and-fire policy has always been a bit like that Craig David song…

‘Met him on the yacht on Monday, offered him a contract on Tuesday, won a trophy with him on Wednesday, and on Thursday and Friday and Saturday… sacked him on Sunday’.

It has been a tried-and-tested formula for Abramovich, Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Co over the past 17 years.

And it’s hard to argue with the five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and two Europa Leagues trophies they have put on the table in that time.

They have employed twelve managers or interim managers over that period; one of them, Jose Mourinho, twice.



Pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard

Which is why it’s a familiar crossroads Abramovich and Co now find themselves at 18 months after making their last change.

The big question the Russian must ask himself this time, though, is whether he does again what he has always done.

Thus pandering to those supporters who have been fed a diet of hire and fire, and who think Frank Lampard must go because he isn’t getting the best out of his men despite lavishing £200million on the squad in the summer.

Or does he turn his back on almost two decades of football business practice and say, ‘You know what, this guy is special and if I look at the anecdotal evidence of other young managers — Steven Gerrard, Dean Smith — if I give him time I know I will get something better at the end’?

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I really hope it’s the latter.



Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience

I really hope Abramovich looks around the Premier League and sees that England’s two most successful clubs in the past few seasons haven’t arrived at their success by chopping and changing managers.

Jurgen Klopp has achieved great things at Liverpool but it took him much longer than the year-and-a-bit Lampard has had at Chelsea.

While Pep Guardiola was hired by Manchester City to build a dynasty and wasn’t fired in or at the end of those two seasons in which he failed to win the Premier League.

At Manchester United, the owners and board have supported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer through some tough times, while Mourinho will have at least three or four years at Tottenham if he keeps his nose clean.

Arsenal have resisted sacking Mikel Arteta despite some calls for him to go in recent weeks and, barring City, who are arguably Chelsea’s equal, the rest are all bigger club’s than the Russian’s.

So I hope Abramovich keeps his eye on the prize and gives Lampard time to make mistakes, gain experience and grow into the manager I know he will become.

Because I guarantee that if he does then in two or three years, Lampard will build a team capable of winning the title.

And if he does decide to sack him then, it doesn’t matter who is at the helm, Chelsea aren’t winning the title this season or next, whoever is in charge.

All Abramovich will have done is give Lampard the impetus to go to another top-four team in the Premier League or one of Europe’s other big leagues and be very successful winning the trophies he could so easily have been winning with Chelsea.

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