After one decent campaign in charge of Championship side Derby, Lampard was offered his dream role at the club in which he was a hero.
Despite Chelsea’s transfer ban, it was simply too good to turn down.
But after losing his first Premier League match in charge 4-0 to Manchester United, it looked as though it was going to be a long, hard season for Lampard and the Blues.
Having been unable to strengthen their squad in the summer, Lamps would have to rely on plenty of youngsters to make the step up.
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And 12 matches into the new campaign, it’s working out pretty nicely.
Lampard’s side have 26 points and sit third, level on points with Leicester who occupy second.
And the manager’s trust in the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham is paying dividends.
During Saturday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Chelsea fielded their youngest side in Premier League history.
But it seems Lampard is running a pretty tight ship at Stamford Bridge.
That’s because the club’s ‘fine list’ has been leaked on social media.
The 12 rules are as follows:
1. Late for Match day/1st team departure - £2,500
2. Late for Report Time for Training - £2,500 (plus £2,500 for every 15 minutes thereafter)
3. Late in gym for pre activation - £1,000
4. Late for treatment - £2,500
5. Late for Team Meetings - £500-per-minute
6. Late for start of training - £20,000
7. Phone ringing during Team meal or meeting - £1000
8. Reporting in the wrong attire/kit for Team Travel and Match days - £1000
9. Not travelling back on Team coach post match, without giving 48 hours notice to the Manager or an Assistant manager - £5000
10. Refusal or not turning up for corporate/community duties - £5,000
11. Not reporting illness or injury before day off or 1 hour 30 minutes before training - £10,000
12. Late for medical appointments - £2,500
The list states that all fines must be paid within 14 days or else all outstanding fines will be doubled.
There are also a list of internal rules which include ensuring body composition targets are met, family and guests wanting to watch training must be authorised, no agents at the training ground and players must inform management if they want to travel abroad on days off.
It’s also worth noting that all fines will go towards team activities and charitable bodies.
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