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Maurizio Sarri left Stamford Bridge for Juventus after just one season at the club and it is widely expected that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will be announced this week as Sarri’s replacement.
Lampard enjoyed a relatively successful debut managerial campaign at Derby, leading the Rams to the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa at Wembley.
Chelsea legend Ronald Harris thinks the appointment will go down well with Chelsea fans but believes appointing Lampard is a big gamble.
“The majority of Chelsea supporters would love the fella to come back,” Harris told Love Sport Radio.
“But Bobby Moore many many years ago, one of the finest players England have produced, got just one job as a manager, so good footballers don’t always make good managers.
“But if Chelsea supporters had an opinion poll, Frank would win it hands down.”
Harris added: “It is a big gamble but I know he is well respected by the players at Chelsea and the supporters.
“It will be interesting to see if he does eventually take over.
“It will be a big challenge. They finished third in the table, 25 points or so off the top.
“It is a big ask to go there and pull the strings.”
One issue Lampard will have to deal with at Chelsea is the current transfer ban which would force him to rely on young talents coming through the ranks.
Harris added: “The question is would [Chelsea supporters] be happy if it takes two or three years to bring these [young] fellas through? No disrespect to the players out on loan, there is a big, big difference between playing in the lower divisions and having to come and play in the Premiership.
“As much as some of the lads have done ever so well at Derby on loan, I think it is a different ball game.
“I’m not knocking sides in the lower divisions, but there are half a dozen tremendous sides in the Premiership. Sometimes supporters can get very impatient.”