Can Lampard take Chelsea to the top?

first_imgThere’s no getting away from the fact that the manager’s revolving door has been getting good use at Stamford Bridge for the last fifteen years. Ever since Jose Mourinho started his first stint at the club in 2004 no less than 14 different people have been appointed. In terms of nationalities it has also been a veritable United Nations with representatives of Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and England.But now, one of Chelsea’s own is in the hot seat – and football followers everywhere are waiting to see how it’s going to work out for Frank Lampard.He certainly joins the club with a huge amount of goodwill behind him. After all, he’s the highest scorer for Chelsea of all time with 211 goals to his name and 429 appearances, second only to John Terry. He’s also known to be a man who has the ear of Roman Abramovich, for the moment at least. But, as so many of his predecessors have discovered, this is a situation that can quickly change.A step upHowever, amidst all this positivity there still remains a nagging doubt that Lampard may not quite have the experience to improve on last season’s 3rd place Premier League finish and Europa League victory as well as making the team a dead cert for fans of sports betting.After all, he’s only had a single season’s experience in charge of a club at Derby County. Having taken over from Gary Rowett he guided the team to the play-offs losing to Aston Villa and achieved a 6th place finish. His win rate was 42.11%, a little lower than Rowett’s 43.1%. Similarly, where the 2017-18 season saw the Rams picking up 75 points, under Lampard’s stewardship the total was 74.While these may not seem like amazing credentials for Premier League success there are a number of reasons why many are predicting that Lampard could be just the shot in the arm that the club needs.Youth v ExperienceIronically, the transfer ban imposed on the club for signing overseas under 18 players means that Lampard is poised to create a far more youthful side. This is something that managers like Mourinho, Sarri and Conte proved reluctant to do, despite the club having a very strong youth academy. Among the names being mentioned are the 19 year old right back Reece James who had a very successful season on loan to Wigan, 21 year old striker Tammy Abraham and even goalkeeper Karlo Ziger, 18, who is poised to take the place of the recently released Rob Green. As to whether this will be another case of Alan Hansen having to eat his words, we’ll just have to wait and see.So far we’ve only had a number of pre-season friendlies to see how the Lampard influence has started to play out and it has to be said that the signs are certainly encouraging. For example there have been victories over St Patrick’s Athletic at one end of the scale and Barcelona at the other. With Tammy Abraham already showing his scoring ability against the Spanish club here’s hoping that this could be a premonition of what could happen if the two teams come up against each other in the Champions League.The Hazard hazardOne of the biggest issues that Lampard could well have to confront will be the huge Eden Hazard-sized hole that’s been left following his departure to Real Madrid. All the youngsters in the world would have a hard task replacing the Belgian so Lampard will also be looking to the more experienced members of the squad like Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud to up their games, not to mention their scoring records.He’ll also have to deal with bigger egos than he’ll have managed at Derby. For example, there are reports that Callum Hudson-Odoi is demanding Hazard’s vacated No 10 shirt while some feel that, by rights, it should be Willan’s.So it’s undoubtedly going to be a tricky baptism of fire for Lampard. But with the natural goodwill that’s afforded to him by club and fans alike, plus the dogged determination that served him so well as a player, the signs are all looking good. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoHealth & Human ResearchNever Eat These 7 Prediabetes Foods Again in Hong KongHealth & Human ResearchUndoRelocation Target7 Ways to Find a Cheap FlightRelocation TargetUndoDrhealthEveryday Foods you Should Never Keep in the FridgeDrhealthUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoNutrition Expert7 Things That Happen If You Eat Celery Every DayNutrition ExpertUndoFlight Prices | Search AdsFlight Price from Tuen Mun Might Surprise YouFlight Prices | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

JUTC’s ‘Park and Ride’ Service for Portmore Next Month

first_img Residents of Portmore, St. Catherine, are to realise savings in transportation costs with the introduction of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) ‘park and ride’ service starting in September.This was disclosed by JUTC’s Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Kirk Finnikin, during a ‘Think Tank’ session at the Jamaica Information Service’ (JIS) headquarters in Kingston on Wednesday, August 21.“What we intend to do is to introduce the ‘park and ride’ service where a designated area in Portmore, secured, which will allow you to park your motor vehicles, step out of your motor vehicles, board a JUTC bus and get into select areas into Kingston, such as New Kingston, Half-Way-Tree and downtown at scheduled times. In the evenings your bus will come back for you and carry you back to the parking lot that you parked in the morning,” he said.Mr. Finnikin said the idea is to offer a comfortable service for commuters, but more importantly, to help them “save on the commuting stress that can be introduced sometimes when you have to be in traffic on the way to work”. The service will also reduce transportation expenses.“You are saving on fuel, you’re saving on time, you’re saving on tyres, you’re saving on wear and tear etcetera. The long and short is the fare for the ‘park and ride’ will be an affordable one and around the vicinity of what it will cost to go through the toll to and from Portmore,” he assured.In the meantime, addressing the issue of where designated parking areas will be located, Managing Director, JUTC, Colin Campbell, informed that at the introductory stage “it is going to be in partnership with churches. We are going to use the parking lots of a number of churches”.“Longer term, there’s that big property across from the Petcom gas station near to the mall, which is owned by Urban Corporation Development (UDC), which we are looking at and which we have had some preliminary discussion ( with) the UDC about developing that property into a proper facility for ‘park and ride’ from Portmore to Kingston,” he said.The Managing Director assured that adequate buses will be available as the company plans to roll out an additional 144 buses by the end of the year.“Since the start of this year, we have been averaging a daily run out of 244 buses and we intend by September 1, to move this to 350 going up perhaps by the end of the year, to at least attain the plan of 388, but perhaps surpassing the plan and heading closer to 400,” he informed.Mr. Campbell said the increased number of buses will enable the company to provide a more predictable schedule for commuters, and offer more comfortable air conditioned buses on the routes. Service from Portmore to New Kingston, Half-Way-Tree and downtown at scheduled times JUTC ‘Park and Ride’ service starts in September in Portmore Story Highlights The company plans to roll out an additional 144 buses by the end of the yearlast_img read more