‘Another club may have changed manager two or three times’: Frank Lampard aims thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea’s hire and fire culture as he praises Arsenal for sticking with Mikel Arteta
- Chelsea have gone through three different managers so far this season
- The club infamously changed managers regularly when Lampard was a player
- The former midfielder was sacked himself by the club after a previous stint
Frank Lampard has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea’s ruthless hire and fire culture – citing Mikel Arteta’s success at Arsenal as a reason to give a coach time.
The Blues are 12th in the Premier League table after a season to forget which has seen them sack both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter before appointing Lampard on an interim basis.
But Lampard has lost all five of his games in charge since his return to the club and they face Arsenal next, who are competing for the league title after missing out on Champions League football this year.
It hasn’t been completely plain sailing for Mikel Arteta in north London though. The Spaniard survived calls for him to be sacked only to lead the Gunners’ title charge this season.
Lampard, who was himself axed by Chelsea in 2021, compared their situation to that of the Gunners, praising their London rivals for sticking with Arteta when other clubs might not have done.
Frank Lampard has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea’s hire and fire managerial culture
The Blues have lost five games in a row under Lampard and are 12th in the Premier League
Lampard compared the club’s situation to that of Arsenal’s under Mikel Arteta, who has improved the club over time
‘It’s interesting to compare,’ Lampard said. ‘We all had an insight to Arsenal through the Amazon series.
‘There’s a long process to get where you want and I remember playing Mikel’s early teams and sometimes it was a five, sometimes a four. Now you see they have a clear identity.
‘If we talk about it as just this season – you have to go back to the tough periods.
‘I saw times when the manager was being questioned and that process can take two or three years. Another club may have changed manager two or three times.’
The Blues manager was reluctant to talk about confidence but admitted his team is struggling
Owner Todd Boehly has already spent well over £500million on incomings since taking over the club last year and is expected to invest again in the summer.
The squad however will be trimmed and several players will leave. For the meantime, though, the players need picking up with Lampard admitting confidence is shot.
‘They’re low on confidence and low on performance,’ Lampard said.
‘I’ve been here in periods where confidence is low. In history we managed to get it back through hard work, level of the squad, and we changed manager a lot.
‘It’s different now in terms of the modern player and what expectations are. You shouldn’t be talking about team confidence but it’s clearly an issue at the minute.’