Frank Lampard, the current Chelsea caretaker manager, has stated that he has no objections to Todd Boehly, the co-owner, entering the changing room after every match. This comes in light of Boehly’s alleged angry outburst directed towards the Chelsea squad following their 2-1 home defeat to Brighton over the weekend.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Boehly singled out one senior player, who was signed in the summer, for not meeting expectations and described Chelsea’s current form as “embarrassing”. The club is currently in 11th place in the Premier League and has not won a match in their last six games.
Prior to Frank Lampard’s press conference, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga stated that Todd Boehly enters the changing room after “every game”, which Lampard has no issues with.
Lampard made this clear on the eve of Chelsea’s second leg quarter-final match against Real Madrid in the Champions League, where they currently trail 2-0 in the tie. Lampard stated that he is comfortable with Boehly’s behavior after the game.
“For me, there was some criticism of our old owner about not coming and being around – and that wasn’t always true, to be fair. When an owner is very invested in the team and wants to help and improve, it’s his prerogative to have the input that they want.
“I remember, as a player, the moments of when owners came into dressing rooms. It happened first here at Chelsea and it never really happened here before. I remember being happy that you could touch them and high-five them, you could listen to them and feel them. I don’t think that’s a bad thing in terms of the identity of the club and where you want to get to.
“I have no problems with it. I have my things I want to say after the game. If an owner wants to be positive and wants to speak to the players, then it’s his part to do that.
“As Kepa said, it can be very regular in the modern day. In fact, it shows passion. That’s what I like.”
“Passion goes both ways,” he added. “Fans show passion. I don’t think the ownership would come in and be involved at Chelsea and expect anything other than complete passion for wanting this club to do well.
“We’ve been fortunate to have been very successful for a lot of years, the last 20 years, which means you want more of it. So I don’t think anyone is schooling on that.
“Passionate owners want to make a difference and have a real vision for the club. We’re in the early stages of the process on those terms.
“When you look at processes in the Premier League, we know we’re off that, as we know. People always question everything at the beginning and in the early part of the process. We have to get our heads down with what is in front of us.
“Passion is normal, I think. I don’t find it as a problem. We can all work with passion to work in the same direction to get where we want to be.”