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Maurizio Sarri has officially left Chelsea to return to Italy and become Juventus manager.
Sarri guided Chelsea to a third place finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League in his only season at Chelsea, becoming the fifth manager to coach Chelsea to a European trophy.
Despite a fairly successful season at Chelsea, Sarri has decided to call it quits and return back to the Serie A.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is favourite to replace Sarri. According to The Times, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has called up Lampard about becoming the next Chelsea boss with the club now set to make an official approach for Lampard this week.
The report claims Lampard agreed to become Chelsea boss after Abramovich assured him that he will be allowed at least two seasons to prove his worth.
There are arguments whether Lampard has enough experience to lead Chelsea, but majority of former Chelsea players and managers are backing the legend to succeed.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes Lampard should be the next Chelsea manager.
“I think it is a very good option for the club,” Drogba said, according to Standard Sport. “He has done well with Derby, taking the team to the play-off final.”
“So he is never going to be ready, then? Does he have to wait until he is 50 to be ready?” the Ivorian replied when asked about his inexperience.
“I think it depends on your experience and depends on your desire to succeed and do it.
“If he feels ready I don’t think it is too early.”
Former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit has backed Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to succeed as Chelsea boss if he gets the right people around him.
“[Lampard] has done nothing yet as a coach.” Gullit told Sky Sports.
“[Chelsea] gave me this opportunity as well, we won [a lot] so that [inexperience] has nothing to do with it.
“I think it’s important for Chelsea that they have someone in charge they can relate to. I hope also they can get the right people around him who can help him.
“He must not make the mistake to get friends there, he has to make sure he gets some people there who have experience in managing and coaching teams. That will be the best thing for him.”