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Maurizio Sarri is expected to leave Chelsea this week after reportedly agreeing a three year deal with Juventus.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is favourite to replace Sarri but the Blues are also considering other candidates including Eric ten Hag of Ajax and Max Allegri, who recently left his role as Juventus boss after winning five consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus.
While some Chelsea fans are excited Lampard is being considered for the job, some fans believe Lampard isn’t ready for the Chelsea job.
Is Lampard the right choice to replace Sarri? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of making Lampard Chelsea’s next boss.
Here are the pros of making Lampard Chelsea’s next manager.
1. Lampard will give youth a chance
Chelsea’s academy is the best in the country. The Blues have some of the best youngsters in the country but we have failed to have a manager that believes in giving youth a chance.
Lampard knows the qualities our youngsters possess after training with them before he got the Derby job and he has shown at Derby that he isn’t afraid of giving youth a chance.
Sarri only started giving Callum Hudson-Odoi a chance in the first team after pressure from fans. Lampard’s approach to youth is exactly what Chelsea have been crying out for with a number of the club’s promising academy prospects having been denied first-team opportunities in recent years.
2. Experience isn’t always a criteria for success
Most persons against Chelsea’s decision to appoint Lampard as manager do so due to his lack of experience. Lampard has had just 12 months of managerial experience with Derby County and many fans don’t think he’s ready for the Chelsea job.
Pep Guardiola is hailed as one of the best managers in the world today but he was inexperienced when he first got the Barcelona job. Before he was appointed as Barcelona boss, Guardiola was coach of Barcelona B for a season.
Guardiola went on to win 14 titles with Barcelona including 2 Champions League triumphs.
Guardiola’s success story with Barcelona is proof that experience isn’t always a criteria for success.
3. Lampard favours good football
Lampard will build on Maurizio Sarri’s possession based football. Lampard’s desire for his team to play good football was highlighted by Derby averaging 455 passes per match last season, the fifth-highest total in the Championship.
Speaking to Goal in March, Lampard outlined his philosophy, saying: “In terms of style of play, I want to play good football. We want to try to play. We have been one of the teams in the Championship this season who try to play. We try to move the ball through the pitch, rather than being too direct, that’s not my style. It is not the way I want to play.
“I want my team to play good football, but on the other side of that, I want them to be really aggressive and win the ball back. So I don’t like to try and put myself into one style of play. I think it is important to be adaptable in terms of systems.”
Continue in next page to see the cons of making Lampard Chelsea’s next manager