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Frank Lampard’s appointment at Chelsea was met with a lot of criticisms, as the Blues boss was seen as an inexperienced manager.
Lampard had only managed for one season, at Championship side Derby County, and many predicted that the Chelsea job came too soon for him.
But so far, Lampard has done above average and has guided Chelsea to the top four before the coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of the season.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea and England manager Glenn Hoddle has hailed Lampard’s start to life as Chelsea manager, and insists that Lampard has done a great job.
“He only had one year at Derby and then took on a Chelsea job with all the extra pressure that comes with it,” former Blues’ boss Hoddle told a new book called ‘The Boss – Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’.
“Frank’s a legend at the club as a player and that brings even more extra pressure on you.
“It’s all right having a view now, but take us back to the start of the season. No one would have thought he would have done as well as he has done with such a big rebuilding project ahead of him and without any ability to move into the transfer market.
“You would have said he would do well to get Chelsea into the top six or even seven under those circumstances. Sitting where he is now, I don’t think anyone would have anticipated that.
“Chelsea are in good hands, the way they are playing, the way Frank has brought on the young players, while he is learning all the time about management in the Premier League. Under all those considerations he is doing an amazing job.
“It was a shrewd move to bring in Jody Morris at Derby and then to take him with him to Chelsea. Together they are making the team stronger.”