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Frank Lampard was confirmed as the new Chelsea manager on Thursday, as the 41-year-old Chelsea legend signed a three-year deal to manage Chelsea following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus.
Lampard is highly regarded at Chelsea and was the only choice for this job as Sarri decided to quit his role as Chelsea manager. But it’s not going to be an easy task for the Blues legend who impressed during his one-year spell as Derby County boss.
Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard next season, and the club has also been hit with a transfer ban for two transfer windows – making Lampard’s job even more difficult.
Jamie Redknapp, son of Harry Redknapp and cousin to Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to give Lampard a realistic target next season. He believes Lampard can achieve top four, but urged that top six will be a more realistic target.
“The expectation will be to finish in the top four – that’s what they’re going to want,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“But I just think you have to be realistic and see how the season goes. I think there will be moments in the season when it will be difficult, it will be a struggle because of the Eden Hazard effect.
“It doesn’t matter what manager you have, [Pep] Guardiola, [Jose] Mourinho, anybody… they are going to struggle without that quality of player.
“I think if they were to finish in the top four that would be an amazing season considering what the club have had to go through in the last year with the transfer embargo.
“You just have to be realistic. Top six is a certainty with the players they’ve got still and the manager so I have no doubts they’ll do that but top four will be what Frank is trying to do.”
Redknapp added: “The fans adore Frank. He’s going to need time because there’s going to be a lot of changes next season in terms of you can’t add a big-name star after losing Eden Hazard.
“They have to be patient and I think everyone will be because it’s Frank Lampard.
“know he enjoyed his time at Derby and he had a great rapport with the fans but I think when an opportunity like this arises you just can’t turn it down.
“You’re going to have everyone voicing their opinions, people saying it’s too early for Frank, others saying it’s the right time.
“I just think it is the right time. The players will respect him but patience will be the key.”