Frank Lampard is perfectly capable of playing “the bad cop” when the circumstances force him to do so, says assistant coach Jody Morris.
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With Chelsea facing their first difficult period (3W-1D-5L in their last nine Premier League games) under the first-year Blues boss, there have been questions asked about Lampard’s calm temperament and friendly demeanor, but Morris insists the club’s legendary midfielder-turned-manager is happy to law down the law when necessary. Of course, it’s important that Lampard maintains positive relationships with every one of his players, allowing him to switch back and forth between arm-around-the-shoulder pal to demanding authority figure — quotes from Sky Sports:
“We are different personalities, but there have certainly been moments when he’s 100 percent the bad cop. Maybe I’m just a bit more of a moody face than he is on the touchline.
“I think there’s elements where things need to be said, and 99 percent of the time it’s him that says it. You have to take the players individually at times when you have to weigh up how you would treat them and I certainly know the manager does that.
“He has close relationships with some of them. But if he has to give some of them a kick up the backside he has no problem doing it.
“We are in a man’s game, we’re in a big competition week in week out and you do need to come under the umbrella of being a first-team player now and that you have to perform. And I think they have been, to be honest.”
With their transfer ban recently cut in half, Lampard is now able to sign players for the first time as Chelsea manager. Perhaps the Blues’ transfer dealings will indicate which players have seen the most of the “bad cop” and who’s stayed on his good side more often than not.