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Is this how we treat our legends?

Is this how we treat our legends?

A little part of me thinks what, if the facts are being reported correctly, makes the antics of Ken Bates when he ostracised former players appear almost charitable.

Toda I`ve awoke, after a heavy Christmas night on the ale, to the news that not only, if the facts have been reported correctly, are we set to wave goodbye to Frank Lampard but the legend has been told that he should start, actively, looking for a new club in January!

Staring out at me, from the pages of a tabloid are the damning words of a club source remarking,

"Frank is absolutely distraught."

"He wants to keep playing for Chelsea but they`ve told him to find another club in the January transfer window. He can`t believe it. All he wants to do is play for Chelsea. This club means everything to him."

"Frank worships the club - and especially the fans - and would happily have seen out his career at Stamford Bridge."

"After everything he has done for Chelsea, he cannot believe the way the club are throwing him out so callously."

"Anyone who saw his performance against Aston Villa will know he should be the first name on the team-sheet."

I have to say, if it is true, it`s left me stunned at how a legend that can still bring so much to the table is about to be shoved out the door, shame on those in charge!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 10:00AM


This makes me truly wonder if Pep is in Roman's ear about this. Perhaps he wants the legends out (Ash too) before he takes over in order to make things streamlined. I'm racking my brain to figure out any other possibility, surely Rafa's opinion means feck all.
26/12/2012 10:11:00
Cant believe this is happening. i really hope its just backpage rubbish. In the middle of the season too, gosh
26/12/2012 10:17:00
This is some serious stuff, I just hope its not true. If its true, it will suggest to me that Roman is making good his promise to eventually deal with players who the club felt contributed to the sack of AVB....Even if the club do not want lampard to stay (which is open to debate), this is a shambolic and classless way to do it...Issues like this clearly shows that there are some serious anomalies about the way the club is being run...i fell soo emotional right now..and I sincerely do hope this piece of news is not true...although I have to admit that with Lampard's contract remaining just 6 months and the club not saying anything (at least as far as the fans are aware), its not looking good...all I am asking is that Lampard should at least be offered a contract, he deserves that, If he rejects the contract (similar to Didi) then that will be a different issue alltogether...I hope the news is not true.
26/12/2012 10:17:00
i dont think there is a grand master plan at all. i think were crass calous and often rash and impetulant. we throw money at a problem and regret many things. we remain boyant however and pick up a trophies along the way. would be nice if we could mature a bit in our decisions and show a bit of heart from time to time but i wont hold my breath. Chelsea shes a frustrating mistress at times but how we love her.
26/12/2012 10:18:00
@Foreverchelsea....if the news is true...then you might just be right...may be the club is thinking if lampard is offered a year contract with much lower wages, he might actually take it (unlike drogba)...that is why they are not offering him anything...this is just classless...thats my opinion...
26/12/2012 10:19:00
Exactly lay
26/12/2012 10:25:00
Just wondering, could the poor performances in the various Cup matches so far this season (possible backlash against Roman) be down to these issues amongst the senior players?
26/12/2012 10:37:00
its time everz player to take responsibility for their action during avb era.lamps terry cole acted unprofesionally.what example are they giving others.
26/12/2012 10:44:00
@Blue if I am understanding you correctly, I would certainly hope that the reason we lost those games was anything other than the senior lads not giving their best b/c of club qualms. I don't want to jump to conclusions but whoever would do that would be an enemy of mine I guarantee that. I think Carlo said it best amidst Terry's scandal when some mug questioned him about JT possibly losing the arm band and he said something to the effect of 'if the players show up and perform well on the pitch and in training then I have no problem what they do on their off time or off the pitch'. Basically saying don't let outside crap spill over into your performance on the pitch.
26/12/2012 10:55:00
We are falling apart; the decisions at the top are getting worse, our Roman is failing to get to grips with whats sustains and makes a great club. Benitez, Torres, Lampard, Drogba, A Cole these are not the decisions consistent with greatness. Disgraceful, churlish and ultimately destructive. RA needs to get some proper advisers before its too late.
26/12/2012 10:58:00
@mzeemyfavoriteposition ;) you are right about responsibility and actions taking effect if there was unprofessionalism but surely not in the middle of the season.. The club would be taking a huge risk and simply acting idiotically do dole out punishment (for lack of a better word) midseason.
26/12/2012 11:00:00
On no condition or circumstances should chelsea fc treat a player like lampard in such manner, I am sure, drogba was treated with respect till his last moment, and I think lamps should be treated in the same manner, so all I can think of right now is that its the usual media crap
26/12/2012 11:01:00
Merlin sometimes you go too far with this pro Lampard business. True he is a hero - but a very expensive hero who in these Financial Fair Play days can t be afforded. It is best he moves on to the MLS or somewhere like that for his last big pay check. Running a football club is business I am afraid and sometimes tough decisions have to be taken!
26/12/2012 11:01:00
Merlin sometimes you go too far with this pro Lampard business. True he is a hero - but a very expensive hero who in these Financial Fair Play days can t be afforded. It is best he moves on to the MLS or somewhere like that for his last big pay check. Running a football club is business I am afraid and sometimes tough decisions have to be taken!
26/12/2012 11:02:00
that's ****ing disgrace to lamps at least they should give him a contract with low salary & no assurance of permanent spot in the starting eleven & see would he accept that or not ! these actions damaging our reputation ! i'm ****ing *****ed off right now :@
Chelsea Champ
26/12/2012 11:14:00
Yes, Lamps is a legend but I don't think his performance matches the 180 KS weekly wages. And obviously the news is blown out of proportion from the media.
26/12/2012 11:25:00
If we are to lose Ashley Cole, Super and JT, following on the heels of Drogba and lets not forget there are noises about Courotis coming back to take over Cech. Where is the continuity, where is the handing down of what Chels are about to the next generation. Its a feckin disgrace, Ambramovich is taking the club further and further away from the fans, its his way or no way. Age is no barrier to class, if anyone can name three better PL left backs, centre halfs or keepers then lets debate it. Super is slightly different in that maybe he is not quite at the level he once was, but he is a man of immense class on and off the pitch and as an ambassador for this club when so much else around it is not right, he deserves two years for that alone. Wonder how long till the banners come down in the ground? Come on Roman get a feckin grip, sometimes money is less important than doing whats right.
john neal
26/12/2012 11:26:00
There's two sides here. We the fans love Lampard at this club. He's very vocal in his love for the club and puts in some inspiring performances on the pitch. Then there's the other side: Frank is VERY vocal about the club but in general. He often makes inappropriate comments to the press which has left the club looking very bad. He's not capable of playing full matches every match anymore and his pace and playing ability are declining every time he's on the pitch. He used to be a MOM contender every outing, and now he just plays well every 4 games or so. So from a Fan position, I'd want Frank to stay here. Maybe retire to a backroom position. Maybe every a midfield coaching role. Generally an ambassador for the club. However from a business position Frank needs to leave. He's too costly in wages. Too vocal to the media. Plus his recent decline in performance no longer warrants his club position. This is not disrespectful. This is business. Although I want him to stay and be part of this club (not necessarily as a player), I also completely understand why the club would be open to him leaving, I just don't agree with HOW they are dealing with it!!
26/12/2012 11:40:00
"Anyone who saw his performance against Aston Villa will know he should be the first name on the team-sheet."..........this sentence itself is a big joke...yaa lamps is a great player he has done lot for chelsea but chelsea has alos given lamps a lot...we cant keep player forever just because they have been playing with us for so many year if that was the case then no body would have retire at chelsea....he needs to move and we also neds to move...player is a fantastic player no doubt about it..but we have keep our sentiments aside and think about the club future...we dont want to depend on our old player for another one or two year..we have to find new leader new captain for chelsea...or else we wont never move forward and keep on relying on lamp jt and cole in future...just move on guys
26/12/2012 11:48:00
I honestly dont think CFC club would treat Lampard that way, this is a player the club as shown so much respect and given so much power to the extent that at a point people were complaining that to much power has been given to him and some other senior players and that they were the ones determining which coach stays or not. I think this issue will probably be as a result of unsuccessful negotiation/bargaining between both parties. CFC will definitely have tabled an offer, maybe a 1 year pay-cut extension or something like that, which Lamps feels he deserves more than. It all boils down to finance, nothing more....
26/12/2012 11:57:00
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