Most job contracts come with a 6-month probation period where the potential of candidates is assessed and their achievements and mistakes are measured. Following that review the contract is made permanent, the probation period is extended or ties are cut.
I will attempt to assess Frank's first 6 months. I should at this point declare my hand. The three things that have given me the most pleasure in my life are:
1. Frank Lampard
2. Barbara Windsor ringing the church bells in Carry on Dick
3. The birth of my daughter.
It is pretty close between Barbara and my daughter but Frank is way ahead. So do I think he should be above criticism? Yes I do.
He has shipped some criticism on here, most of it with the caveat that he should not be above criticism. Wrong.
We are fourth in the league and still in the Champions League and FA Cup, for f**k's sake. He has integrated a number of academy players into the squad. He has shown flexibility and courage in his selections. He has shown a willingness to experiment with formations, tactics and personnel. He has made us entertaining to watch in what is after all an entertainment business. He has represented the club with intelligence, good grace and class.
With the benefit of hindsight he has made some poor selections and substitutions. He can't decide on the best combination of his bang average collection of centre halves. He can't get the best out of Kante with Jorginho in the team.
Overall I'm happy to offer Frank the Chelsea job for life.