Saturday, November 23, 2019
Lampard insists fine system is not harsh
Frank Lampard insists his hefty fine system is not an attempt to be Mr Tough Guy and the punishments are not harsh if his players are on time.
Lampard's big-money sanctions were revealed during the international break and included an eye-watering £20,000 charge for being missing the start of training.
The irony of Lampard then arriving a minute late for his first press conference since they were made public was not lost on the Chelsea manager and raised a laugh.
More seriously, he said: 'I can understand it might sound harsh. It's not harsh if you're not late. It's nothing. That's one thing. I think we put in the discipline for one reason.
'My only concern when that came out was it makes me look like trying to be Mr Tough Guy. I'm not.
'We spoke with the players and I gave the list to Cesar Azpilicueta when we set out the fines.
'In fact I was asking him if there were any areas you see, because I wanted to know what happened last year, whether the players were happy, were they not. That came into the picture as well so it's certainly a bit of a joint effort.
'Maybe the numbers were chosen by myself to a degree. I do think discipline is an important thing and I'm very happy to work with the players. I want to be successful. I expect them to look after each other on the pitch and when they train, so I expect them to respect each other in terms of turning up.
'If you talk about coming late to training, we arrive at 10 and we start training at 11. If you're late for training you're like an hour and 15 minutes late without any excuse, that's quite a big deal if you're preparing for a game against Man City on the next day. I know the fines are relative, people can have their own mind.
'But the players are certainly big in the setting up of that and I think it's important to have discipline in the workplace.
'I'm not here to be a dictator and make things difficult. We're here to be successful as a football club and discipline's part of it and I worked with them in putting it together.'
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