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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is expected to be announced as Chelsea boss this week with negotiations already rumoured to be completed.
Lampard has agreed a three year deal with Chelsea worth £4 million yearly and the Blues have negotiated a compensation package with Derby.
Maurizio Sarri quit Chelsea at the end of last season, and for Lampard this is going to be a huge job, given the fact that he has never managed at this level before and has only been a manager for just one year.
Lampard’s test as Chelsea boss will come rather sooner than later as his first competitive game will be against Manchester United at Old Trafford. After that big game, Lampard’s Chelsea will next face Liverpool as both sides meet in the Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, August 14. After that game, Chelsea will host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, in what will be the legend’s first game at the Bridge as a Chelsea manager.
Indeed it’s going to be a huge season for Lampard, especially with the Blues being hit with a transfer ban for two transfer windows. But Chelsea have managed to get their acts together by keeping the bulk of the squad, signing Mateo Kovacic and some key players have signed new deals.
For many, Lampard is the best candidate to manage Chelsea next season, and Premier League legend Alan Shearer sees the club legend as the perfect choice.
“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.”