Frank Lampard was given the Chelsea job under mixed circumstances.
The Blues were handed a transfer ban last winter preventing them from signing players for two transfer windows. To complicate matters, there star player for the last decade, Eden Hazard wanted to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid.
In such a situation, former manager Maurizio Sarri knew the going would get tough at Chelsea. Sarri was not the most popular boss with the Stamford Bridge faithful from the very beginning. Maybe it had something to do with playing Kante out of position? (Unfortunately the brunt of it fell on Jorginho as well)
However, when the Italian realiszd that the sack seat at the Bridge was getting hot, he jumped ships and joined Juventus at the drop of a hat leaving Chelsea without a manager.
The Blues were in dire need of a firm hand to stabilize the club but their reputation meant that no reputed coach wanted to risk his neck by joining Chelsea at this stage.
Fortunately for Chelsea, one of their very own had recently stepped into management and was doing brilliantly at Derby County, one division lower albeit.
Circumstances forced Chelsea to take the leap of faith and turn to Lampard for help. Frank, given his love for the club, obliged duly.
Everybody knew what a special relation Frank has with Chelsea and hence what would be at stake if things turned sour; and the chances were high.
It has been six months since and the beginning has been rocky but fun. Lampard came with his set of ideas and much to the delight of Chelsea and its fans, they aligned.
Lampard has introduced youth academy products with an expansive, fast style of football and to the delight of the board, the results have been good so far.
In fact so much so, that the rise of some youngsters, has eased the board’s pressure to get new names to West London. He has set up an attacking style of football which everyone loves and is a great source of entertainment for neutrals to watch.
Frank Lampard’s current reign at Chelsea may yet falter but he has stabilized and strengthened the club at its true moment of need; a legend if ever there was one.