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Frank Lampard was appointed as Chelsea manager early this month, and the Chelsea legend has a huge task ahead of him.
Lampard has only been a manager for a year but it was enough to convince the Chelsea hierarchy to give him the job after Maurizio Sarri quit the job at the end of last season.
Lampard guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final but lost to Aston Villa 2-1. But Roman Abramovich had seen enough to believe Lampard was the man to lead Chelsea next season.
Lampard can’t make any signing this summer due to the transfer ban, and the Blues also lost star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has kept a high transfer kitty for Lampard if he can scale through this season.
“Surely the club understands this is the worst time now in probably two decades to take over at Chelsea Football Club,” Nevin told Irish outlet Off The Ball.
“You’ve lost your best player that half of everything was built around last season in Hazard, you can’t actually buy anybody else at the moment and that [the FIFA ban] looks like it might stick.
“You’re going to have to change the system completely from one that was a very specific system last season.
“You’ve not got a natural goalscorer in the team. They’re slightly ageing but the defence is quite good.
“All those things and then look at your competition, Manchester City aren’t hanging back they’ve gone and got Rodri, Liverpool aren’t going to hang back, Spurs aren’t hanging back.
“They’re all going to be throwing the money at it, they’re all going to be better. Chelsea, you’ve got to think they’re not going to be as good because they’ve not got Hazard anymore.
“All those things stuck together, it’s a tough one. But I refuse to get caught up in, ‘Because a famous footballer is loved by a club, it’s going to work.’
“It honestly makes little to no difference in the long term, it’s whether you’re a good manager, that’s what it comes down to.”