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Vinnie Jones: Frank will be back, make no mistake

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    There’s never a dull moment in football and Frank Lampard’s sacking was a real bolt from the Blues.

    Okay, things were hardly rosy in the Stamford Bridge garden in terms of results - they’ve had a shocker in the Premier League lately - but Luton were brushed aside comfortably in the FA Cup and all eyes were on the Wolves game on Wednesday.

    Another defeat in the league - and, yes, that would have been it anyway. But things moved quickly early Monday morning and Frank was gone. The players were told training had been moved to the afternoon because the manager was in a meeting at the club.

    They would’ve known what was coming.

    It the rumours are true and Lamps had shaken the players’ hands after the Leicester defeat and wished them well moving forward, the Chelsea legend also knew what was coming. The call to come to a meeting at the Bridge came at 8am on Monday.

    Everyone knows Chelsea’s a high-pressure job. Expectations are high, the need for trophies strong - especially when the club spends upwards of £200m in the transfer window. The club feels it should be competing for the title - it’s not now.

    Ideally you give a young manager time, especially one who could be an England manager one day. But that’s not Chelsea’s problem, they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world and they want results. Frank wasn’t delivering those results.

    But it was Frank who saved Chelsea last season. His use of the academy players when Chelsea was banned from bringing new players in was different class - Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount. All cracking players and part of the future.

    But Frank struggled to get the right mix - and every time you saw him on the touchline it was arms-folded and frowning. I know that doesn't mean a huge deal, but when things go badly you wonder whether the manager was getting the message across.

    It didn’t seem so.

    Frank will be back, make no mistake. He’s a winner, a record-breaking goalscorer with a mantlepiece crammed full of caps, medals and trophies - the attic and cellar are probably full to the brim, too! In the long run, this experience will stand him in good stead.

    The Chelsea fans still love him and it tells you everything about how difficult a decision it was for the club that, for the first time, Roman Abramovich was the one who issued the statement thanking Frank for his time there as manager. He still loves him, too!

    So what of Chelsea now? And what of Chelsea against Wolves this week?

    You’ve got to think they’ll be a reaction and Tuchel coming in has got to be a positive. He’s got bundles of experience, especially with big-name players, and his connections with Werner, Havertz and Pulisic, especially, should mean there’s no bedding-in period.

    I fancy a Chelsea win - and check out all my midweek predictions below.

    The biggest game is undoubtedly Spurs at home to Liverpool - and it should be a cracker. Jose versus Jurgen - and so much to play for. Klopp is on the back-foot just now it seems, but I still think Liverpool are playing decent enough football.

    For sure, they’re not scoring as many - and in this craziest of seasons they’re not as all-conquering as last season. But if you make enough chances the ball will soon go in and I reckon at the odds the reds might just edge what could be a tight game.

    Spurs came through a test away to Wycombe at Adams Park in the FA Cup. It was another great Cup match and was still in the balance with less than five minutes to go, but then Spurs flexed their muscles and wrapped things up quickly.

    It was pretty much the same in Sunday’s clash between Man United and Liverpool. United ended up winning 3-2 thanks again to their player-of-the-season Bruno Fernandes with a great free-kick, but for the neutral it was another cracking Cup tie. Love it.

    I had to laugh, though. There was I minding my own business with slippers on and a piping hot cup of tea on the go when the commentator said Milner’s tackle on Maguire was just like a Vinnie Jones one. Leave off son, he’d still be walking bandy now!

    SO from the beautiful game to a beautiful day I’ll be having at Hampton Court Golf Club on May 27. Hopefully by then we’d have been back on the course for a good while, so my game should be sharp for this charity golf day.

    It’s organised by those nice chaps at the Rogues Gallery Racing Club. They’re buzzing after a cracking run from our horse Rogue Force at Chelmsford last week and now it’s the turn of The Guvnor at Kempton this weekend. He’s a son of the mighty Frankel no less!

    Anyway, I’ll be at Hampton Court GC helping raising a few quid for the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, so send a DM to @roguesracing_ and join us there. Also, make sure to keep up with the news from the stables via www.roguesgalleryracing.com.

    But back to the golf and it’s the Dubai Desert Classic this week for the European Tour players, with Tyrell Hatton looking to land a fantastic double in the UAE. I said last year he was one of the best players in the world now - why did I desert him last week?!

    Anyway, Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee for the Majlis course at the Emirates Golf Club will be a trio of players who showed up well in Abu Dhabi last week - Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Wallace and Adri Arnaus. Wallace actually finished second in this two years ago.

    Stateside the boys are in San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open and Rory McIlroy is back for this PGA Tour event. He also played some great stuff in Abu Dhabi and seems in good enough shape to join Scottie Scheffler and Corey Connors as my top three there.

    Finally, I’ve had a lot of feedback from my call last week to get the kids back playing grassroots sports as soon as possible.

    To be fair, the vibes seem more positive now and hopefully it means schools - and their sporting facilities - will be reopened soon. We cannot have these kids just sitting around - it’s not right. They need their mates, too. It’s been too long now - come on guys, sort it out!

    Take it easy people.

    Vinnie

    Vinnie’s best bets

    Golf - Dubai Desert Classic 

    Tommy Fleetwood
    Matt Wallace
    Adri Arnaus

    Farmers Insurance Open 

    Rory McIlroy
    Scottie Scheffler
    Corey Connors

    Premier League

    Wednesday

    Burnley v Aston Villa VILLA WIN 

    Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers CHELSEA WIN

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Fulham DRAW

    Everton v Leicester City EVERTON WIN

    Manchester United v Sheffield United MAN UTD WIN

    Thursday

    Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool LIVERPOOL WIN

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