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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is favourite to take over from Maurizio Sarri as the next Chelsea manager.
Sarri decided to quit his role as Chelsea manager just after one year and has now joined Serie A champions Juventus.
Lampard is favourite to replace Sarri and his appointment is expected to be confirmed this week. Lampard has only one year experience as a manager as he led Derby County to the play-off final, only to lose to Aston Villa 2-1.
While Chelsea fans are seemingly excited about the likely return of Lampard to the club, ESPN pundit Craig Burley doesn’t seem too impressed with the deal and believes that fans are being blinded simply because Lampard is a club legend.
He said: “It’s amazing if you compare two guys going into big clubs, [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and Lampard, they’re both level-headed, intelligent, experienced football guys.
“But the perception is incredible among the supporters, it almost clouds the bigger picture and blindfolds them.
“If Solskjaer and Lampard, particularly Frank Lampard – if he had no Chelsea connection and had one year’s managerial experience at Derby County, this would be derided.
“Ultimately Derby failed but it was a more-than-decent first season. But if there was no connection for that football club, this appointment would be derided and would be ridiculous.
“It’s a crazy notion that a lot of fans seem to have that because a guy played for a club, he understands the club.”
Burley hammered on the fact that Lampard doesn’t have enough experience to succeed at the top, but it was then put to him that Pep Guardiola had a similar pathway as Barcelona manager, but Burley maintained that Guardiola shouldn’t be compared to Lampard.
He said: “He did, but he did.
“If my memory serves me right with Guardiola, there was problems at Barcelona when he stepped up from coaching within the system.
“But there was a whole bunch of players that were ready or just about to come through including one of the two greatest players of our generation [in Lionel Messi].
“That analogy and analysis that a lot of people throw out, particularly when the Solskjaer appointment was made, is just not going to stand up to scrutiny.
“To say, ‘Frank Lampard’s our guy.’ I find it a tough one to sell, I really do.”