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Frank Lampard’s appointment as Chelsea manager is one that might not have come as a surprise to many because of the months of speculation, but his appointment is one that was never anticipated some time ago.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is never shy to sack managers, and he only appoints managers based on a very rich CV coupled with experience.
Star Sports journalist is predicting that if Lampard becomes a success at Stamford Bridge, the whole of England will be in awe of him and the English FA might want to hand him the Three Lions job.
Jeremy Cross wrote in a column for Daily Star: “This latest appointment from the Blues represents a huge gamble on both sides, but Lampard has the most to lose.
“On the flip side, he also has the most to gain too.
“If he beats Manchester United at Old Trafford in his first game of the new season, then look out.
“It’s a safe bet he will be installed as the bookies’ new favourite to succeed Gareth Southgate as England boss.
“Once again, ridiculous.
“But hang on a minute. Would it be?
“Lampard cannot sign a single player until the club’s transfer ban is lifted this time next year and has just seen the team’s best one – Eden Hazard – head to Real Madrid.
“So the chances of him challenging for the title or winning trophies in the next 12 months are slim.
“But what if he was given time to build and nurture a winning team at Stamford Bridge – and matured into an unstoppable force in the dug out?
“Lampard has a lot in common with Southgate, who wants to manage a big club in the not too distant future.
“He is bright, personable and has a burning desire to see young talent given the chance to flourish.
“Southgate’s success has put off the FA from ever appointing a foreign boss again.
“Lampard is the first Englishman to be given the Chelsea manager’s job on a permanent basis since Glenn Hoddle left in 1996 – the same Hoddle who went on to land the biggest job of the lot with the Three Lions.
“So let’s join the game and suggest Lampard night now have the chance to follow in Hoddle’s footsteps.
“If he gets it right in west London, he’ll have the entire nation, including the FA, eating out of the palm of his hand.”