Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has started to crack the whip at Cobham, after his long list of fines for players was leaked.
The Blues are currently joint-second in the Premier League, having gone on an incredible run of form.
Chelsea have won six games straight and went into the international break a point ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City.
Clearly, Lampard’s policy of being strict with his players is working.
The ex-midfielder has imposed a fines list for his stars, with players forced to pay £20,000 if they are late for the start of training.
Fans were stunned with the high fees, with some having to pay a staggering £10,000 if they fix to report an illness or injury an hour and a half before training starts.
But the reason behind the high fines is deep-rooted in Lampard’s philosophy of how the club needs to be run.
The Athletic reports that Lampard’s willingness to fine his players extortionate amounts comes from his desire to make every member of staff feel valued.
Lampard apparently held talks with his players after taking over at Stamford Bridge and told them all he expects them to treat the lesser-heralded employees at the training ground.
That includes the likes of the canteen workers, the security guards and the ground staff, who are all to be treated the same as Lampard, Jody Morris and any other coaching staff member would be.
Whatever Lampard is doing at Chelsea seems to be working, as he was named the Premier League manager of the month for October.
And after winning the award for the first time, he took the time to recognise his backroom staff.
Winning an individual award like this is the perfect time to appreciate the close staff who have worked so hard since pre-season and the players, as they are the ones who go out and perform,” Lampard said. “I am delighted for everybody.
“Out of the Premier League games we played in October, the one away against Burnley was the highlight because of the way we were so dominant in our performance and it is a very tough place to go.
“It was a tight turnaround after a big performance physically for the lads at Ajax and with the travel back.
“To go up to Burnley at any time is difficult but we managed the game really well.”