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England and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is the latest to chip in on Chelsea’s rumoured appointment of Frank Lampard to be the next Chelsea manager.
Lampard is Chelsea’s first choice to take over from Maurizio Sarri who has departed Chelsea to take the Juventus job.
Frank Lampard is hailed as one of the greatest players in Chelsea’s history, and the high scoring midfielder who has only been a manager for a year after a good season as Derby County boss.
Other names have been linked with the vacant Chelsea job, but Lampard still remains the only one that’s strongly linked, and it’s expected that he’ll be appointed as the Chelsea manager this month.
Chelsea have been hit with a transfer ban for two transfer windows, and Shearer believes that the best person to manage Chelsea at this time is the club legend, Lampard.
“Frank Lampard is exactly who Chelsea need right now. I think he would be a very good appointment as manager and I understand why owner Roman Abramovich would want him,” Shearer said on his column for The Sun.
“Because of their transfer ban, Chelsea are in a tough situation. They are finally going to have to bring some of their youngsters through and use some of their players coming back from being out on loan. And Frank Lampard will know a lot of them better than most.
“In fact, he managed two of their most promising prospects at Derby last season — Mason Mount, 20, and 21-year-old Fikayo Tomori. He had a very decent first year of his managerial career.
“He just failed at the final hurdle in the Championship play-off final but he did very well to get Derby there. And for him, I think the Chelsea job is almost impossible to turn down.
“If or when it happens, it will be the proudest day of his life. Yes, it is a risk, but you tell me a job that isn’t? Every manager I speak to says the same sort of things.
“They are having problems with the owner or the chief executive, or it is not the same job that was given to them when they first agreed to take it. From that perspective, any job Frank left Derby for would be a risk.
“But will he get a little bit of leeway and more time at Chelsea because of their transfer ban? Yes.
“Does he know the football club better than anyone else? Yes. Do the fans want him in there? Absolutely, yes.
“They will welcome him with open arms and will be desperate for him to succeed because of who he is and what he achieved at the football club.
“So when you put all that together, it is a no-brainer for Frank. It also might help that he has already got an existing relationship with Roman.
“But that does not mean the pressure is off. History tells us at Chelsea that even if you win a trophy, it might not be good enough. They hire and fire and it has worked for them.
“So whoever goes in cannot complain with whatever happens at the end of it because you know how they operate.
“People will also be quick to judge Frank and will be ready to say great players don’t always make great managers. And while that is true, you can tell Frank has all the attributes to be a successful manager.”