Is Frank Lampard the worst manager to emerge from a host of former Chelsea player-turned-bosses?

The former Chelsea legend is just one in a long line of former Blues who have gone into management, with spells at Derby and the Blues before his time at Goodison.

Signed to replace Rafa Benítez, Lampard has recorded six defeats in eight and a loss to Burnley on Wednesday night will bring a first top-flight relegation for the Toffees.

But has it all been doom and gloom for former Chelsea players turned managers? Planet Sport looks at some of Lampard’s contemporaries to see where he stands.

The good

didier deschamps

Deschamps only played for Chelsea for one season, 1999/2000, and won an FA Cup winner’s medal. He retired after a similar brief spell at Valencia and went straight into the Monaco management.

Deschamps had great success, building a team that included Patrice Evra, Fernando Morientes and Rafael Márquez and winning the League Cup in 2003. A year later, he eliminated Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final thanks to goals from Dying in every game. .

Deschamps’s next work was markedly different, but possibly no less successful. Parachuted into Juventus following Fabio Capello’s resignation and Calciopoli’s match-fixing scandal, he brought the relegated Bianconeri back to Serie A at the earliest opportunity. After clashes with the club’s management, he resigned the night Juve were promoted.

Deschamps moved to Marseille, where he continued his remarkable success in the Coupe de la Ligue, winning the trophy in each of his three seasons at the club. In 2012, Deschamps left after being offered the France coach job.

Blessed with an unrivaled depth of talent, Deschamps led France to the Euro 2016 final on home soil and went on to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

steve clark

Steve Clarke, Scotland

Undoubtedly the most underrated former Chelsea player on this list, Clarke has enjoyed a successful managerial career in the wake of his 11-year spell at Chelsea.

Initially as a serial assistant at Newcastle for Ruud Gullit, Chelsea for José Mourinho and Avram Grant, West Ham for Gianfranco Zola and Liverpool for Roy Hodgson, Clarke’s first managerial role came at West Bromwich Albion.

In Clarke’s first season, the Baggies set club records for wins (14) and points (48) in a Premier League season. West Brom ended the season in style with a dramatic 5-5 draw with Manchester United, in what was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game as manager. The tie left West Brom in eighth place, their best finish since 1981. However, Clarke was sacked the following season, with the Baggies in 16th place.

A disappointing season at Reading saw Clarke take charge of his boyhood club Kilmarnock in 2017. Drawing 1-1 with Rangers and Celtic in his first week in charge was a sign of things to come as he led Kilmarnock to fifth place, setting a new club points record.

The following season was even more impressive, as Killie qualified for Europe after finishing third with a 50.6% win rate.

That summer, Clarke was offered the job of Scotland manager. A dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Serbia qualified Scotland for Euro 2020, where they drew 0-0 with England at Wembley in a match in which the Scots enjoyed the best of proceedings.

However, they failed to qualify for the round of 16 and are once again in a playoff for the 2022 World Cup, with Wales awaiting the winners of their landmark tie with Ukraine.

Roberto Di Matteo Chelsea victory in the FA Cup

Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo slips into the category of the good thanks to his brief tenure at the helm of Stamford Bridge. Before moving to Chelsea as assistant to Andre Villas-Boas, he had largely unsuccessful spells at MK Dons and West Brom.

Following AVB’s dismissal in March 2012, Di Matteo took over the reins on an interim basis and brought a remarkable turn to the club’s fortunes. Placing renewed responsibility on the club’s ‘old guard’ of Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba, he led Chelsea to an unlikely Champions League and FA Cup double.

It saw him appointed permanently in the summer, but he would only last until November, giving way after a 3-0 loss to Juventus that effectively eliminated them from the Champions League.

Di Matteo’s subsequent spells in charge of Schalke and Aston Villa were disappointing, especially the latter, where he recorded just one win in five months.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists Burton hasn't accomplished anything yet

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

When he’s not enjoying a ringside seat to Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher’s latest fight, Hasselbaink takes over at Burton Albion, where he has enjoyed two successful seasons.

In the former, after a year in charge of Royal Antwerp of the Belgian Second Division, Hasselbaink led the club to promotion to League One for the first time in their history. He left Burton for Queens Park Rangers in December 2015 with the Brewers sitting atop League One and posting a 61.1% win rate with the Dutchman.

QPR, and later Northampton Town, were not successful ventures for Hasselbaink, who recorded 20-year winning rate percentages at each club.

However, after a two-and-a-half year break from management, Hasselbaink rejoined Burton in January 2021 with League One bottom winger. Despite the Brewers being six points from safety, Hasselbaink lost them. led to safety, winning 13 of their last 25 games to finish within ten points of danger.

the regular

brand hughes

brand hughes

The former Wales manager is the epitome of a mediocre manager.

His first managerial role saw him lay the foundation for Wales’ subsequent rise up the FIFA rankings and earned him a job at Blackburn Rovers.

His star still appeared on the rise at Ewood Park, with Sparky leading the then-Premier League side to three successive top-ten finishes.

A record compensation deal took him to Manchester City, where even pre-Abu Dhabi money, a 46.8% win rate, was not enough for him to stay more than 18 months. An 11-month stint at Fulham was followed by an ill-fated stay at QPR which ended in dismissal after the Hoops managed just four points from their first 12 Premier League games.

However, Hughes continued to find gainful employment with amassed 200 games at Stoke before his sacking and 27 at Southampton before the ax fell.

Jobs then dried up, and after a four-year spell without a job, Hughes re-emerged in League Two as manager of Bradford City.

“Maybe it’s a bit surprising that he came,” he admitted.

Ruud Gullit, LA Galaxy

Ruud Gullit

Like Di Matteo, Gullit’s only successful managerial role was at Stamford Bridge, where he was player-manager and led the club to the 1996/97 FA Cup, Chelsea’s first major trophy in 26 years. After a falling out with owner Ken Bates, Gullit was fired in 1998.

A notorious spell at Newcastle followed, with Gullit reaching the 1999 FA Cup final in his first season in charge and then managing to fall out with Alan Shearer and captain Rob Lee. He resigned all five games the following season.

Unremarkable spells in charge of Feyenoord, LA Galaxy and Russian club Terek Grozny (now Akhmat Grozny) followed, with the last of those roles coming in June 2011.

The bad

Gus Poyet, Sunderland

Gus Poet

Poyet has an incredible highlight in his managerial career, Sunderland’s unlikely resurrection at the end of the 2013/14 season, and plenty of lackluster spells and downright bizarre job choices.

Brighton, AEK Athens, Real Betis, Shanghai Shenhua, Bordeaux, Catholic University and now Greece can say that he was their coach. But all he has to show for his 13 years in management is a Liga Uno title with the Gaviotas and the Chilean Super Cup. And for the latter he alone took over the final.

Gianfranco Zola

Voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a fan poll in 2003, Zola was never able to replicate his success on the pitch while he was away.

Gianfranco ZolaChelsea

Decent at West Ham and almost successful at Watford (a Championship play-off final paid for that), Zola also had disastrous spells in charge of Cagliari and Birmingham. The latter lasted just four months and saw him claim just two wins out of 24.

Dennis Wise, Leeds United

dennis wise

The former Chelsea captain had a strange career as a manager. He started at Millwall as a player-manager, leading them to the FA Cup final in 2004, the first non-top-flight team to reach the final since Sunderland in 1992.

After a brief caretaker role at Southampton, Wise joined Swindon Town with the aforementioned Poyet as his assistant. He left for Leeds United after just five months.

At Leeds, Wise, being a Chelsea legend, was on the defensive from the start. He did not help that in his first season in charge the whites were relegated to the First Division for the first time in their history.

However, Wise was retained for the 2007/08 season and guided Leeds to third place in League One before leaving the club to take up a chief executive role at Newcastle.

He is currently the general manager of Como 1907 of the Italian Serie B.

Everton manager Frank Lampard applauds during the Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton.

frank lamp

Lampard began his managerial journey in Derby County, where he built a promotion-seeking team that combined experience (Richard Keogh, Tom Huddlestone and Ashley Cole) with loan talent (Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson) and local stars (Jayden Bogle and Mason). Bennett.

They lost out in the play-off final to an Aston Villa side that included John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and Tammy Abraham, but many felt that with the quality at their disposal promotion should have been automatically secured.

Despite his poor performance at Pride Park, Lampard was given his dream job at Chelsea with the club operating under a transfer ban. With the addition of a number of local talents, Lampard’s first season was a success as he qualified for the Champions League and reached the FA Cup final.

The cash was splurged in the summer of 2020, but Lampard struggled to mix old and new and was sacked in January 2021.

Some considered his dismissal harsh, but the arrival of Thomas Tuchel showed the potential the team had. Tuchel not only lifted the Blues from ninth to fourth place, but also clinched the Champions League after victory over Manchester City.

Lampard then missed out on a number of high-profile roles before being appointed Everton manager in January 2022.

Four points clear of the relegation zone when he was appointed, the Toffees now sit just three points clear of the relegation zone heading into Wednesday night’s clash with fellow Burnley.

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