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Frank Lampard is set to become the next Chelsea manager as the Chelsea legend’s announcement will happen in a few hours time.
The Blues legend overachieved in his first season as a manager as he was in charge at Derby last season, although he failed at the final hurdle to claim promotion into the Premier League.
His spell at Derby County was enough for Roman Abramovich to hand him the job, and many have spoken about Lampard’s relative lack of experience for a high-pressured Chelsea job.
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit, who played alongside Lampard at Chelsea after an impressive career with Arsenal, has hailed Lampard’s talents and what he achieved at Derby, but thinks the post at Stamford Bridge has come too soon for the Blues legend.
“Frank Lampard has many qualities,” Petit told Paddy Power.
“He’s a very dedicated person, who loves football and has total respect for his team-mates and managers. He is always ambitious.
“But somewhere in my mind I have a feeling the Chelsea job could have come too soon for him.
“We saw what he brought to Derby County, leading them to the playoffs, but that wasn’t the end of the story for them and they ended up failing to earn promotion.
“He’ll face increased expectation at Chelsea, and he knows this, having played for the club for so long.”
Former Crystal owner Simon Jordan has hit out at Chelsea for the long-standing pursuit of Derby boss Frank Lampard. According to Jordan, it illustrates the arrogance of Chelsea.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Jordan said: “The way the big six clubs in the Premier League operate is arrogant.
“They will do things when they want, how they want and where they want.
“They [Chelsea] know they can get Frank Lampard. They know they can get Frank Lampard to run through the door to go and manage their club.”
Jordan continued: “Their players aren’t back yet and Chelsea have a habit of appointing managers in the middle of July – let’s not forget.
“The arrogance that some of these clubs exhibit is flabbergasting – it’s not like the real world.
“They’ll do what they need to do when they feel like it at the end of the day, and that isn’t right.”