Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first campaign as a manager and his achievements at Derby haven’t gone unnoticed at Chelsea.
It is understood Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants Lampard to be Chelsea’s manager next season.
Abramovich is reportedly concerned about Maurizio Sarri’s poor relationship with Chelsea fans and believes Lampard is the man to restore the joy at Stamford Bridge.
However, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has urged Lampard to reject the Chelsea job and stay at Derby.
According to Cascarino, this isn’t the right time for Lampard to make a return to Chelsea due to the transfer ban and Chelsea’s lack of competitiveness in the transfer market.
Cascarino also believes Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer will make the job difficult for Lampard.
“It would be the worst time for him to take over Chelsea,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“They are nowhere near as competitive in the transfer market.
“Obviously the embargo looming, obviously Hazard is more than likely to go.
“It could be N’Golo Kante following to PSG quite quickly afterwards.
“I think it would be the worst time [to take the job].
“If ever you wanted to give him the job, it wouldn’t be now.
“It’s going to be the biggest challenge for him.
“You’re talking about a guy that’s learning his trade.
“And obviously Derby if they got promoted it would be an incredible achievement for Frank in his first season as a manager.”