Speaking to The Daily Mail, former Chelsea star Joe Cole has revealed that Frank Lampard has the opportunity to completely change the club’s “culture”.
What did he say?
The Blues have been synonymous with instant success and a sense of ruthlessness when it comes to players and managers in recent times, and Cole believes that Lampard’s arrival as the new boss could help to slowly change all that.
He said: “This is an opportunity to change the culture of the club, change how the club is perceived. The culture is fine in the sense we’re a successful team but there can be improvements made. We need to use this time now to blood the youngsters, get a settled side, settled staff, settled fan base.
“Frank has got many things in his favour and one of those is being a club legend. He’s got other attributes as a man and manager in that he can deal with any type of dressing room, any type of character. Nobody knows the club like him and the intricacies of it. He’s in a perfect position to sort it out.”
Despite not even being a month into the job, Lampard has already had a major impact on how the club’s young players are used. The Blues legend has openly insisted that he will give chances for the talented academy players to shine, and pre-season has already seen the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham enjoy real success.
Indeed, the new contract extensions to Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are evidence of that cultural change of the club now seeing their homegrown talent as being key to their success, and not simply paying top-dollar for the world’s best like in years gone by.
Roman Abramovich’s trigger when it comes to getting rid of managers may just have to hold fire with Lampard at the helm. The former Blues midfielder has an immense amount of goodwill at the club and that will surely afford him the kind of precious time that has seemingly evaded his predecessors. If Lampard remains at Stamford Bridge for the years to come, then there will no doubt be a real shift in how people perceive the Blues.