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Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

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19 minutes ago, My Blood Is Blue said:

For a guy who was assistant coach at PSG, and Swansea with Paul Clement, and actual manager at Bastia, it seems a pretty low key position, monitoring Academy players and loan players.
Still welcome back.

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"He will operate alongside fellow former Blues Carlo Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo in his new role."

Plus of course SFL, Jody and Cech. 

There seems to have been a concerted effort to bring back some old boys who feel a real connection with the club . I don't think this is just nostalgia, I think its the club reflecting on the last two seasons with Conte throwing his rattle out of the pram and Sarri quitting after one year when he got a better offer. Will it work? Who knows , but personally , any success we achieve now will seem very sweet indeed. Well done Marina G, in the current circumstances I think this is a smart move. 

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10 minutes ago, NoblyBobly said:

"He will operate alongside fellow former Blues Carlo Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo in his new role."

Plus of course SFL, Jody and Cech. 

They really are a level below SFL and have virtually nothing to do with the first team.  Cech too is not at the same level as Jody and is not one of the 8 names on the management team on the website.

The flip side of this is that if you don't hire an established manager, there is no team he can bring with him.  Indeed Frank's incoming team are  Jody and Chris Jones, who he took from Chelsea 12 months ago.

I think we see so many ex-chelsea names because these are lowish paid part time jobs, perfect for someone wanting to keep his hand in while living in his old house in Cobham, and sending his kids to the schools they used to go to a couple of years ago.

Maka does at least get a mention on the Academy management team, while Paulo and Tore (but not Carlo) make up the On-Loan players management team.

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Of course Juni knows most about it
http://thechels.net/2019/08/the-loan-report-august-1-4/

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The tenth season of the Loan Report gets under way here at TheChels.net and it promises to be no less exciting now than it has been over a decade that has seen Chelsea launch England’s most expansive programme of developing young talent both for performance and for profit. A wide-reaching and often controversial programme, it has been the source of criticism and inspiration, as a number of Premier League clubs have followed the club’s lead in not just loaning out key youngsters, but in building an infrastructure around them to both manage and improve them while playing in all corners of the world.

With that in mind, we’ll kick off the 2019-20 season with a look at the in-house changes down at Cobham.

Headliners

Eddie Newton has looked after the loan programme for the better part of the last seven years, initially having the role somewhat thrust upon him when Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Roman Abramovich, with club staff wanting to keep him around. The team around him eventually expanded to include Paulo Ferreira, Tore Andre Flo and Christoph Lollichon, and as Newton this summer moves up to join Frank Lampard’s first team coaching staff, another pair of former Blues have arrived to help fill the void.

Carlo Cudicini has been formally appointed as Loan Technical Coach in the wake of Newton’s promotion and, while Ferreira is expected to assume more of a lead role due to his experience in the department, there will be a concerted push to help the ex-Italy goalkeeper develop his coaching credentials. Claude Makelele, meanwhile, has been drafted in as a Young Player Technical Mentor; a loosely-defined role that will see him work with the younger generations in a similar manner to the way in which Petr Cech will align with the first team. Ensuring that there is a regular and meaningful dialogue between the various levels of football at Chelsea is an important aspect of building towards consistent success; it’s something that has been missing for a lot of time over the last few years, and it’s a positive sign that these measures are now being taken.

 

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Frank Lampard: Have expectations changed at Chelsea this season?

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By Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

 

Chelsea's start to life under Frank Lampard has reflected the transitional nature of a club operating under a new template with an inexperienced manager, an influx of young players and a transfer ban.

Lampard has had mixed fortunes, combining impressive away wins at Norwich and Wolves with struggles at home, including a damaging defeat by Valencia in their opening Champions League game on Tuesday.

As the Blues prepare for Sunday's Premier League home fixture against leaders Liverpool, who have a 100% record, what are the club's targets in this unfamiliar territory and how are they reshaping under club legend Lampard?

What are Chelsea's expectations?

Chelsea's managers are always given the same brief - get towards the end of the season in contention for the major trophies and the Champions League places.

And this year, irrespective of Lampard's relative inexperience and a transition accelerated by the transfer ban, this will be the aim again.

Chelsea may be in transition but owner Roman Abramovich is not lowering his sights. In financial terms, the club cannot afford to.

The difference between Champions League and Europa League football is about £60m at the bottom line, doubly important for a club whose Stamford Bridge capacity of 41,000 and its resultant revenue is outstripped by attendances at each of the other 'big six' clubs - Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, ManchesterCity and Liverpool, as well as West Ham and Newcastle.

 

Lampard knows the demands and embraces them. Abramovich is desperate for him to succeed but will not be over-sentimental.

He is the 11th manager Abramovich has appointed since he bought Chelsea in July 2003, with reigns lasting from 1,205 days for Jose Mourinho's first spell to 223 for Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008.

Chelsea managers Joined Days in charge
Jose Mourinho 1 June 2004 1,205
Avram Grant 20 September 2007 247
Luiz Felipe Scolari 1 July 2008 223
Guus Hiddink 16 February 2009 105
Carlo Ancelotti 1 July 2009 691
Andre Villas-Boas 22 June 2011 256
Roberto di Matteo 4 March 2012 262
Rafael Benítez 21 November 2012 187
Jose Mourinho 3 June 2013 927
Guus Hiddink 20 December 2015 193
Antonio Conte 1 July 2016 742
Maurizio Sarri 14 July 2018 337
Frank Lampard 4 July 2019 76

There is an understanding among the club and its supporters that this is currently a different type of Chelsea and the level of goodwill and patience Lampard is being given was exemplified by the relatively warm reception they received from the home fans after losing to Valencia.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes the club and supporters realise the parameters have changed.

"I do think it will be different this season and the club and the fans will understand that," he said.

"They have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, they are not able to buy anyone else, they have a lot of young players, a young new manager and on top of all of that they want to change the style of play completely - five things that are radical and not all necessarily helpful.

"Frank will get far more leash - 100%. There is an acceptance and understanding of that. Walking out of the game on Tuesday, having lost at home in the Champions League, people were shrugging their shoulders and the reception was warm."

This is Chelsea and for all the talk of understanding and patience, ambition is as high as ever.

Lampard knew it as a player and does as a manager.

Chelsea recognised that appointing 41-year-old Lampard - after only one season in management which ended in a Championship play-off final defeat for Derby - carried some risk.

This was, of course, a club that had a supposedly "disappointing" season under Maurizio Sarri that ended with a return to the Champions League, a Europa League triumph and an appearance in the Carabao Cup final.

It was, however, a loveless arrangement on both sides, and part of the point of Lampard's return is forging a reconnection between club and supporters.

Owner Abramovich felt this was a bold choice that could reap rewards. It was an appointment arguably made earlier than was ideal but he still felt the time was right.

And in coming to his decision, Abramovich called on memories of what he witnessed from Lampard in his playing years at Chelsea, where he won 11 major trophies in 13 years and was the club's record goalscorer with 211 goals.

It was all part of the equation as Abramovich considered Chelsea's future.

He remembered the personality who never gave him any cause to doubt his commitment to Chelsea, whose relentless work ethic was exemplary. The Russian expected Lampard to lead in the strongest of dressing rooms and witnessed him do exactly that for years. It is a stretch to suggest Lampard forged a close personal relationship with the Russian as a player but he was seen as an outstanding influence, someone Chelsea's owner could lean on and someone who demonstrated rich promise as a coach and wore the burden of management comfortably at Derby.

This all made him Abramovich's man.

Bumps in the road are expected, as against Valencia, but Abramovich and his key decision-making colleagues, such as director Marina Granovskaia, are working with renewed commitment to make this appointment work.

The word is that in every department at Chelsea, there is a reinvigorated atmosphere because there is so much desire to see Lampard succeed.

Lampard is in daily contact with Granovskaia, as well as Petr Cech after his appointment as technical and performance advisor, and all the noises coming out of Stamford Bridge tell of a renewed sense of purpose.

Lampard's high-intensity gameplan

Lampard's mantra for his new Chelsea is high-intensity football - and those who have witnessed the sessions put on at the club's Cobham training base confirm this is reflected on a daily basis.

Gone are the days under his Italian predecessors Antonio Conte and Sarri when defenders would be hanging on to mannequins on the training pitch waiting for strikers to finish 10-minute drills before being brought in for their work.

Chelsea's players have found the work fast-paced and energetic, with only very short breaks between drills, before moving on to the next aspect of the session. Some observers liken it to a HIT (high-intensity training) workout.

And while Lampard is hands-on in dictating what will be done, the players are passed through his coaching staff in turn, working with Jody Morris, Chris Jones, Joe Edwards and Eddie Newton, all under the manager's supervision.

The laughter is also said to have returned to Cobham, but at the heart of it all is very serious business as Chelsea's players are shifted around quickly from function to function to achieve the tempo Lampard will be demanding to match Liverpool's pressing style on Sunday.

And the team's playing style this season reflects those changes on the training field.

'Sarriball' - with its focus on ball retention and long passages of build-up play - was never fully embraced at Stamford Bridge and Lampard has wasted no time in moving away from it.

Chelsea are not passing the ball anywhere near as much - they average 101 fewer passes per game this season than last. As well as playing fewer passes overall, their share of possession in games has dropped from 63.4% under Sarri to 55.2% under Lampard.

There are also far fewer long sequences of possession. Under Sarri, they averaged 19.3 instances of 10 or more passes in a game. This season that has dropped to 14.6 - a 24% decrease and a clear sign that Lampard has asked them to be more direct, utilising the qualities of his new-look starting XI.

In other words, there is no keeping the ball for the sake of it - an accusation sometimes levelled at them during Sarri's tenure.

Cech strengthens Chelsea reconnection

Lampard was not the only legendary Chelsea former player to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, with Cech appointed as technical and performance advisor.

The Czech goalkeeper, who won 13 trophies - including four Premier League titles and the Champions League - in his 11-year Chelsea career, arrived before Lampard but is another key figure in the club's restructure. 

He is a sounding board and also a bridge to the Chelsea hierarchy.

This, coupled with the return of Morris and Jones after they joined Lampard at Derby, is adding to the feeling of reconnection between Chelsea and their supporters after the discontent of the latter days under Sarri.

Chelsea were appreciative of Sarri's work in guiding them back into the Champions League and winning the Europa League - but it did not go unnoticed by those in high places that there was a lack of rapport with supporters and that did not help the atmosphere.

Even Sarri's idiosyncrasies, such as his deep superstitions about not walking on to the pitch or touching the grass, added to the sense of distance. There was a feeling he was not interested in promoting himself or the club, or bonding with supporters.

It was a sharp contrast to the emotional and demonstrative Conte, who once threw himself into the crowd at Stamford Bridge to celebrate a goal.

There is a strong link between Lampard and the fans - but also between the manager, Cech and Granovskaia.

Cech is closely connected to the first team and Lampard but also has responsibilities for Chelsea's loan department and scouting. He is at Cobham virtually every day, as well as being a visible presence at matches.

The 37-year-old, regarded as a gregarious and intellectual figure around Chelsea as well as someone with a track record of success, may broaden his role in future but for now his task is to bring together the different departments that make the first team tick, reporting in to the influential Granovskaia, the close confidante of owner Abramovich.

Morris' return brings another successful old boy back into the fold as the club look to benefit from the natural fit and friendship with Lampard.

He was a key figure behind the scenes as Chelsea's youth team won the FA Youth Cup six times in seven seasons between 2012 and 2018 but the coaching bond with Lampard was forged when the latter was doing his coaching badges and worked alongside Morris with the under-18s.

Morris is also closely linked to those emerging youngsters Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham, who figured in those successes.

Lampard trusts in youth

Chelsea's hand has been forced, to an extent, by a Fifa-imposed transfer ban until the end of January 2020, enforced after an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players.

It has pushed forward the development of Abraham, Mount and Tomori, who have split Chelsea's 11 Premier League goals this season between them.

Abraham found it a struggle during a loan spell in the Premier League with Swansea in 2017-18, scoring only five goals in 31 games, but he was the key man in Aston Villa's promotion to the Premier League with 26 goals in 40 games last season.

Mount and Tomori were instrumental in Derby reaching the Championship play-off final under Lampard, meaning he has had no hesitation in playing them in the top flight this term.

It is almost certain they will be joined by 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, still only 23, once they recover from injury. Reece James, the 19-year-old defender, is another rich prospect.

Their emergence is the result of a deliberate change in Chelsea's targeting and scouting strategy at this level over the past seven years, aiming to recruit the cream of young British talent rather than focusing on Europe and elsewhere.

And in Lampard, with his own stellar career, they believe they have the perfect mentor who trusts their talent.

Loftus-Cheek signed a new long-term deal in the summer and Hudson-Odoi, who was courted by Bayern Munich last season, has put previous discontent about future opportunities behind him, agreeing a new five-year contract understood to be worth more than £120,000 a week.

Expectations remain high and there may be turbulence - but Chelsea still regard themselves among the elite under Lampard.

 

 

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