Chelsea show Celtic how painless it can be to sack a club legend

By John McGinley

January 25, 2021

I’m not normally one to keep a close eye on the actions of Chelsea or the career of Frank Lampard. I am a Celtic supporter after all.

However, when they announced the exit of their head coach this morning, it piqued my interest for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s always interesting to see what becomes the breaking point for big clubs to let go of managers when your own is struggling.

More importantly, there aren’t many more iconic figures associated with Chelsea in the modern era than Lampard. Much like Neil Lennon at Celtic.

So while they operate on a grander scale beyond our comprehension in cash terms, what can we take from today’s events?

Chelsea Frank Lampard sacking shows how painless it can be

It struck me when reading Chelsea’s statement that this whole process of letting go of a club legend can be quite simple.

They said, in part: “There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend like Frank. After lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the Club time to improve performances and results this season.”

Roman Abramovich would go on to say: “On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

Like Celtic and Lennon, the problems at Chelsea this season aren’t entirely of Lampard’s making. There are two sides to the story. Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes there?

Still, this is a professional game. Everyone’s a businessman. Everyone has an agent for a reason. None of the decisions made have to be perceived as personal.

Chelsea have sacked Frank Lampard / (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea have taken a decision they feel is in the best interest of the club as a whole and acted ruthlessly to best prepare them for next season.

Why must Celtic be struck by inaction? Why can’t they do the same?

No-one wants Neil Lennon to be excommunicated from Celtic Park. He’ll always be welcome, his achievements will always be recognised.

However, in the here and now, continuing at Celtic is bad for him and it’s bad for us. Let’s not draw it out any further and act like a big club.

In other news, Celtic fans have been defending Vasilis Barkas.