He's rectifying errors which is always a promising sign. As a young manager he was/is always going to make them but it's how he reacts that counts.
Sheffield United game was horrendous game management and today he learned his lesson, despite Wolves scoring twice I thought we managed the situation really well.
Have to say I hope we can find a quality winger and a very good CB.
That should put us in the thick of it next season. I'm not on the Rudi bandwagon and dont see him as a long term starter. Bad injury history and overrated all round IMO but he walks into our team right now if he's at his top level.
Wasn't essential but it was a bit of a perfect storm.
Sarri wanted out so we needed to appoint a new manager. We had a transfer ban and was selling our best player... So the mandate for the new manager coming in was to work with what we already had because there wasn't going to be any new faces. The way to supplement the squad numbers was to use academy players.
So who better could we have appointed to oversee this cultural change than someone who spent 13 years playing at the club, had demonstrated a willingness and ability to use youth players in his first year of management?
Throw in the added bonus (and a massive bonus it is) that his assistant coach is arguably the most successful youth coach in England of the past decade, who's worked closely with the youth players to be integrated this season.
So if not Lampard this season, then who?
One man's "incredible gamble" is another man's "bold choice" 🙂
Barcelona made that gamble with Guardiola a few years back, and that didn't turn out too bad. Granted he had Iniesta, Xavi and Messi to call on.
We could well be on the verge of something really special - a homegrown team taken almost entirely from the home countries, playing great football and challenging on all fronts, with a young dynamic, hard-working club legend at the helm.
Glass half full in my house ...
I´d rather have Frank make that mistake early in the season against Sheffield than in the Champions League round of 16 when our season is on the line.
Most of you are saying he´s intelligent in one post and can´t believe he made that sub in the next, well, if you believe your own words he learned the most from what transpired on that pitch.
Great point Sexyfootball.
Rudiger comes straight back into the team after the international break. If Zouma isn't dropped then I will start to worry about Lampard's defensive coaching abilities. If Reece James is as good as some people say he is, then he also should come straight into the team if fit. I am one of Azpilicueta's biggest defenders and he's one of my favourite Chelsea players ever, but I can't be blind and ignore how much he is struggling, he can't do both defending and attacking anymore. It's never really been his greatest strength anyway, even when he was playing at his best. Either drop him to the bench or have him share the CB position with Christensen.
Getting the defense right has to be the highest priority during the international break.
'Fatty' Foulke: The legend of Sheffield United & Chelsea keeper
By Phil Dawkes
William Henry "Fatty" Foulke was 6ft 2in tall and weighed 24 stone, he is the original subject of the chant "Who ate all the pies?", is the reason ball boys exist, once polished off 11 breakfasts in a sitting and on one occasion ripped a cupboard door off to confront a hiding, cowering referee... while naked.
It is the basis of a great story. Unfortunately, much of it probably isn't true.
What is not disputed is that Foulke existed, from 1874 to 1916. He was a goalkeeper who spent most of his career with Sheffield United, followed by brief spells at Chelsea and Bradford. And as photos attest, he was indeed a very big bloke.
The average height for a man in the UK about the start of the 20th century was about 5ft 8in, but Foulke towered above his peers.
His ample frame didn't go to waste - it is believed that at the peak of his career he weighed about 14 stone and by the end was north of 21.
Not that this prevented him from doing his job. He was one of the most capable goalkeepers of the time, nimble despite his size and who redefined the role with his aggressive style and kicked clearances.
As for the potentially tall tales? Well, we'll get to that.
The big man at the back
An illustration depicting Foulke performing one of his famed kicked clearances
Born in Dawley, Shropshire, it was in the Derbyshire town of Blackwell where Foulke, then working as a miner, first began to gain attention for his exploits on the football pitch.
His displays for Blackwell Miners' Welfare FC as a then relatively svelte 19-year-old earned him rave reviews in the local press.
This period also provided the first apocryphal tale, which tells of a friendly against a Derby County XI in 1893 in which Foulke is said to have come out to punch a ball clear but instead performed some amateur dentistry on England forward John Goodall.
A move to Sheffield United followed - a deal that cost them £20 (about £2,500 in today's money) and proved the catalyst for the most successful period in the club's history.
In Foulke's 11 seasons at Bramall Lane, United claimed their maiden first division title (1897-98), finished runners-up twice (1896-97 & 1899-1900) and won the FA Cup on two occasions (1898-99 & 1901-02). At one point he was part of a Blades XI comprised entirely of England internationals, with his sole cap coming in a 4-0 win against Wales at Bramall Lane in March 1897.
"Any footballer that can win two FA Cups, a league title and play for his country in a little over a decade speaks for itself," Sheffield United historian John Garrett told BBC Sport. "I've seen reports describing him as 'as big as a mountain, as agile as a cat'.
"It is fair to argue that Foulke was one of football's first real superstars. There was a showman aspect about him. You think of your Paul Gascoignes with their flamboyance or your mavericks of the 1970s like Tony Currie or Stan Bowles.
"Ernest Needham, a Sheffield United player who was revered by everyone in football as arguably the best half-back who ever played the game, said Foulke was far and away the best goalkeeper he had ever seen or played with."
As Foulke increased in size, so did his legend.
There are differing accounts of where and when this incident took place, but it is told that he once got into the dining room of a hotel he and his team-mates were staying at and polished off all 11 breakfasts.
Another notorious tale followed the 1902 FA Cup final, which saw United concede a controversial late equaliser to Southampton, and which tells of Foulke, naked and dripping from the shower, rampaging after the referee (some variations also have him ripping a cupboard door off to get to the official).
It was his celebrity which ensured that even as his skills began to fade, he remained an asset and, when his playing time was curtailed at Bramall Lane, other suitors were happy to tap into his unique appeal.
London calling The Chelsea museum has a tribute to Foulke
It was inevitable that Foulke would end up in London - a larger-than-life character in the big smoke.
Having helped put Sheffield United on the map, he was now tasked with doing the same for a newly formed club in west London called Chelsea.
He would stay only a year at Stamford Bridge before the draw of his family, who had remained in the north, grew too great, but his impact was considerable.
Backed by affluent founders Gus and Joseph Mears, Chelsea knew how to play the PR machine, and they leant on Foulke's legend to boost attendances and attention.
One - again possibly tall - tale suggests that the placement of young lads behind the goal at Chelsea games, principally to exacerbate Foulke's size, was the origin of what would become ball boys.
So did Foulke eat all the pies?
After his year-long London adventure, Foulke would play one more season - at the recently formed Bradford City - before his body gave up on him, initially in the form of a leg injury, but exacerbated by the impact of inactivity on an already ample physique and the early stages of what would later be diagnosed as cirrhosis, the illness later noted on his death certificate.
Even his retirement was fertile ground for legend, though. An oft-repeated myth has him living out his final years in poverty as a sad sideshow attraction on Blackpool beach, saving penalties from holidaymakers for a penny a shot.
The reality is that he spent his later years in Sheffield, as the owner of a shop on Matilda Street and, at one stage, a beer house. He could be seen sauntering around the city in tailor-made suits and a hand-made chain around his neck, from which dangled one of his FA Cup winner's medals.
There would be one last, neat link between Sheffield United and Chelsea that involved Foulke. In the 1915 FA Cup final, United beat the Blues 3-0. The scorer of the first goal that day, Jimmy Simmons, was the big man's nephew.
Finally then, what of the suggestion - made in the Penguin Book of Cliches - that Foulke was the original subject of the chant "Who ate all the pies"?
It is tempting to just accept it as truth to provide him with a very audible legacy to this day. However, the fact that 'Knees up Mother Brown' - the tune to which the chant is sung - originated in 1918, two years after his death, means it is highly improbable.
As with so much surrounding Foulke, when the legend became fact, they printed the legend.