Solskjaer and Lampard have big shoes to fill


The title of manager of Chelsea and Manchester United is one every coach would love to have on their resumé due to the calibre of the clubs.

Teams like these acquire the best managers and best players because of their huge names and impact in world football over the years.

At the moment, both hot seats are occupied by two relatively young managers in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard.

Both were not just former players of the teams they currently manage but are club legends as well.

Two people who genuinely understand what it means to play for the club, wear the badge and most importantly win silverware.

It is always a happy moment for fans when they see the heroes who played for their teams become coaches.

It creates this sense of continuity and belief that the legacy left behind will be continued by those who helped in shaping it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his managerial career in 2008 with the Manchester United Reserve team before moving to Norway to manage Molde, a club he played for in his earlier years.

He won the Tippeligaen on two occasions and won the Norwegian Football Cup in 2013 before he headed back to England to take over Cardiff City.

His time in Wales was a really underwhelming one as he won only seven games all season, acquiring only 31 points and finishing dead last on the Premier League standings.

Towards the end of 2018, Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole was appointed as Caretaker Manager till the end of the season.

He brought back the feel-good factor in the side which sparked a record of 14 wins in 19 games which included wins against Chelsea away, Tottenham away, Arsenal away and Paris Saint Germain away.

He was then appointed fully as Manchester United manager on a three-year contract and things went south from there.

United won only two of their last ten games to finish the season as the honeymoon phase was gone.

Frank Lampard, on the other hand, is relatively a rookie. He had never managed a football club until last season where he took charge of Derby County in the Championship.

The Rams ended up finishing 12th in what was an underwhelming season for a team that was looking to secure promotion to the top flight.

On the bright side, Derby did play some exciting stuff at times and came away with a win against Mourinho’s United team and a good performance against Chelsea away as well.

Lampard was the one Chelsea wanted this summer. It was no surprise that they got him.

Sometimes some managers need to have a certain quality of players to work with to show their full potential like Zinedine Zidane did with Real Madrid. Chelsea will certainly hope the same is the case with Lampard.The Pressure

Former players don’t often feel a ton of pressure from fans as the affinity towards them affords a degree of patience and belief that things will click for them and they will deliver.

The pressure for Solskjaer is higher given the fact that they have already spent over £120m this transfer window on players that he wants. There will certainly be time given to the team to gel and settle with the emergence of young talent from the youth team and the possibility of some new arrivals.

Lampard, on the other hand, has reportedly been assured that he will have two seasons to prove his worth at the club owing to the fact that Chelsea were unable to sign new players this season.

It could serve as an advantage for Chelsea because the team has constantly had such great young talent coming out of the youth ranks which have rarely made first-team appearances.

The absence of transfers could mean that these players could stake their claim for a place in the first team beyond this season when the transfer embargo has been lifted.

Whether or not these two managers will live up to expectations remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, we are in for an exciting clash come Sunday.