There are still no indications that Frank Lampard is going to be offered a new deal with Chelsea this summer, but he’s told the club to consider some changes which will help the club and team, long after he’s gone.
It’s out of Rafael Benitez’s hands because he’s not going to be the manager beyond May and Lampard could well have already secured his next deal by the time a new boss comes in.
The basic change Lampard has urged the club to make is one geared towards longevity.
He rightly points out that the club can only reduce the gap between themselves and the two Manchester clubs if Roman Abramovich can be dissuaded from pulling the trigger for a boss before his career at the club has even started.
It’s not a new point and Chelsea fans have been calling for that change throughout the current season but it demonstrates one of the superb qualities about Lampard, which the side will miss.
He doesn’t have to voice his concerns about the fragility of the top job at Chelsea, what does he care? After all, it’s not going to apply to him if he doesn’t earn a new deal.
He’s spent the majority of his career as a Chelsea player and he’s always had the best interests of the club at heart and if the club signs a talented young midfielder this summer, he may even turn down a new offer to give that player a chance.
It’s these sort of common sense and logical comments and urges, which will make Lampard a superb coach one day later in his life. That ability to put a greater good and others before yourself.
That longevity is very important for Chelsea because it will help them both on and off the field but it’s always going to depend on Abramovich.
The new manager needs to be allowed to do a Sir Alex Ferguson, which is simply creating generation after generation of solid teams in West London, which are capable of success over a long period.
Chelsea have grown very used to success and they have a superb silverware record over the last ten years, the only difference between them and other sides is that they have used just as many managers as trophies they have won.
Chelsea will undoubtedly have a better side if they can still convince Lampard to sign on, but if they don’t then they can do a lot worse than listening to him as a common voice for both supporters and fans, long after he’s left.
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