When Thomas Tuchel was appointed Chelsea boss, there were doubts about whether anyone would ever transcend the unity Frank Lampard brought back to Stamford Bridge. The Blues’ all-time top goalscorer reignited the west London side’s flame during a period of darkness.
The loss of talisman Eden Hazard and a transfer ban forecasted a season full of gale-force winds, showers and cloudy skies. But, Lampard, against the odds, guided Chelsea to a Champions League spot and FA Cup final while also shining a light on the surplus of talent at Cobham.
However, while the majority of Lampard’s opening season was all sunshine and rainbows, his second term struggled to reach the same heights. Soon enough, Roman Abramovich cut ties with his former club captain and drafted in former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel.
And, the rest is history; despite the initial uproar, the general consensus among fans has been that the club’s hierarchy made the right decision to part ways with Lampard when they did. But, prospective Chelsea bidder and British property tycoon Nick Candy thinks otherwise, sending out a red flag to fans.
Speaking to The Sun, the 49-year-old gave an insight into his stewardship of the Blues if his consortium were to be successful. Candy acknowledged the ruthlessness needed to appoint and dismiss managers but felt Lampard warranted more time.
“In business, you have to make the right decisions at the right time,” he said. “It’s a testament to how many trophies are in the cabinet that, actually, probably those were the right decisions, and Roman was quick to make them.
“Sometimes, I may not have agreed with them myself. I think Frank went a bit too early, and probably watching the Champions League being picked up at the end of the season was quite difficult for him.”
So, hypothetically, had Lampard not lost his job before Chelsea’s clash with Wolves on January 27, would the Blues have gone on a 14-win streak, having won just four of the last ten?
Lampard was a great appointment and someone who still isn’t given enough credit for what he brought to Chelsea as a boss. After what Tuchel has done and with the legacy that he’s building, it’s so hard to table a serious argument as to why sacking Lampard was not a good decision — it’s heartbreaking, and it’s harsh, but it’s true.