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3 reasons why Frank Lampard should reject Chelsea and stay at Derby County

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Maurizio Sarri’s confirmed departure to Juventus is the first step needed for Frank Lampard to make his return to Stamford Bridge.

The Derby County manager fell one game short of reaching the Premier League after their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the Championship play-off Final.

However, Lampard’s immediate future is in the balance. Chelsea are reportedly pursuing their former midfielder, while Derby are rumoured to be attempting to rebuff the Premier League club by securing Lampard to a new contract.

Despite Lampard potentially on the brink of his dream move, there are reasons why he should reject his former team.

We take a look below…

The Chelsea culture

Frank Lampard will know of the culture Roman Abramovich has built at Chelsea more than anyone. He performed under ten managers during his 13-year career at Stamford Bridge. It has, nevertheless, been a recipe of success in the long-term with Chelsea winning 16 trophies since the Russian bought the club in 2004.

The culture of ingrained player power was showcased to the world in the 2019 Carabao Cup Final when Kepa Arrizabalaga seemingly overruled Sarri’s orders of being substituted. Previously, Jose Mourinho told the media his players “betrayed” him after losing to Leicester City. There are shallow signs of change at Chelsea though. Antonio Conte departed mainly due to tensions with the board (catalysed by how Diego Costa was treated) and the board stood their ground with Sarri after losing 6-0 and 4-0 away to Manchester City and Bournemouth and the Kepa debacle.

If Lampard falls short of expectations and the player become unhappy however, he may become the latest victim under Abramovich’s reign.

The transfer window ban

After months of speculation, the threat of a transfer ban is a reality and Chelsea’s psychological resilience to always win a trophy will be significantly tested in the next 12-18 months. Chelsea will serve a ban for the summer window, but if they fail to remove the ban for the winter window, they will be hit with a three-window ban – an unimaginable thought when Eden Hazard has just left for Real Madrid.

It’s likely Chelsea may finally turn to their highly successful youth team in this period, which Lampard could be perfect for. But, it’s unpredictable how successful it will be. The Chelsea squad, outside of  N’golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, doesn’t provide much excitement or the type of quality the Chelsea fans are use to. Relying too much on youth players with the expectations Chelsea fans have and the player power situated amongst the Chelsea ranks, The Blues will once again have a toxicating environment that Lampard should avoid this early in his career.

A coaching rookie

Lampard is in his coaching infancy. He is only one-year into his new career and has the chance to gradually become a complete manager by experiencing the numerous of problems and tests the Championship offers. The desperate scrap to reach the riches of the Premier League is a highly competitive fight to the death. Owners gamble all they have to reach ‘Paradise’. If Lampard is able to achieve promotion with Derby, he would have improved his credentials and capabilities. There is no need to rush to his inevitable appointed role as Chelsea manager.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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