It’s safe to say Frank Lampard has laid down the law at Chelsea. Lampard’s list of fines illustrate just how seriously he takes discipline within his young squad which thus far has driven them towards success by earning credible 3rd place on the log standings when many expected them to struggle against the Premier League big guns.
Chelsea’s internal fine list under Frank Lampard was leaked on Tuesday.
Despite many expecting Lampard to struggle in his first season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are third in the league – eight points adrift of pace-setters Liverpool – and playing an attractive brand of football.
Lampard exceeded all expectations in the month of October when collecting maximum points (100% record) in his three matches during the month that had other managers and Premier League sit up and take notice hence his Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month reward for the first time in his young coaching career.
So far his loyalty has being repaid with players both young and old performing and queueing up to sing his praises.
This is a far cry from the Chelsea of old before Lampard’s tenure often rocked and plagued by an unhealthy cocktail of player-power and boring football.
The severity of fines imposed by Lampard (stated below) might be a good indication as to why his men have impressed thus far in this campaign.
Being late for a team meeting will result in a £500 fine for EVERY MINUTE a squad member misses, while failing to report an injury will cost £10,000.
Lateness for treatment, medical appointments or matchday departure will result in a £2,500 hit, while a phone ringing during a team meal or meeting will set a player back £1,000.
A £1,000 fine is also dished out if a player arrives late to the gym, or even turning up in the wrong clothes on a match day.
Other fines include £5,000 for not turning up to fulfil corporate or community duties and the same amount for not travelling back from a match on the team coach without giving 48 hours notice.
The list is dated August 27 and signed by Lampard.
The fines are doubled if not paid within 14 days, with the money going towards team activities and charities.
By Gerald Dandah