Chelsea are currently serving a two window transfer ban but Blues fans are fully behind Frank Lampard as he begins a new era for the club at one of the more tricky times in the Blues’ recent history.
For fans of most clubs having a club hero take charge of their team would be a dream come true, but such is the mood around Stamford Bridge at the moment the appointment would appear to be the only positive ahead of the coming campaign.
Maurizio Sarri secured a Europa League win and a third place finish in his first and only season in the Chelsea hot seat before leaving to return to Italy but with the departure of Eden Hazard in the summer and the inability to bring anyone in to replace him it could be a long nine-months for supporters of the West London club.
“The reason people perceive there being a crisis is because overt the last decade Chelsea have established themselves as contenders for the Premier League,” says Lifelong Chelsea fan Rory Jennings who has been watching his club for over 25 years.
“Now we’re not even knocking on the door for the Premier League. Even the most wildly optimistic isn’t even having that conversation. Last year we finished third and won a cup but it was a diabolical season, probably the worst under Abramovich but the reason we finished top-four was the failure of other teams.
“We had one jewel in the crown last season with Hazard but now he has gone people are suddenly saying this could be the one where the bubble pops.”
But despite the enforced lack of transfer activity having a man who helped to bring unprecedented success to Chelsea, despite no top-flight managerial experience, is enough to put a smile on the faces of even the most pessimistic Blues.
“The argument that Frank Lampard hasn’t managed at the top level doesn’t make any sense to me,” Rory says. “Primarily because his entire career was built around trying to win Premier Leagues and Champions League.
“What does he know about winning in the Championship with Derby? He’s actually more experienced in trying to secure top-four and titles There isn’t a better appointment to come in and rejuvenate this entire place than the greatest ever player to pay for the club.”
FansBet caught up with Rory during a tour of all 20 Premier League grounds and you can view the full interview, as well as catching the rest of our season previews from around the Premier League grounds, below: