“He’s very intelligent and knows the game inside out” – Abramovich told the best Frank Lampard replacement

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been told the ideal manager to appoint if Frank Lampard is sacked as Chelsea boss.

Lampard is under pressure following Chelsea’s poor run that has seen us win just 2 of our last 8 games, losing 5 in the process.

Former Southampton striker Kevin Phillips believes 53 year old Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is the perfect man for the Chelsea boss.

“I think he’s almost got that Klopp appearance about him, that authority. He’s a big guy, he’s very intelligent, he knows the game inside out,” Phillips said of Hasenhuttl on Stadium Astro.

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“The big thing for the club is, can they keep hold of him? The biggest problem is keeping hold of their manager.

“He’s doing a really good job down on the south coast. I wouldn’t like to see Frank lose his job, I don’t like to see any manager lose their job but I understand football’s football and it’s a results business.

“No bigger so than Chelsea, when you’ve spent that kind of money you’re going to come under pressure to win football matches, it’s as simple as that.

“Hasenhuttl, his time will come. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing. Hasenhuttl at Chelsea would do a fine job but I want to see Frank given a chance for sure.

“He could certainly manage any of the teams in the Premier League, it just depends what kind of ambition he has.

“But I think at the moment if you sat him down and asked him, I think he’s very happy where he is. It takes a while to build up what he’s done.

“But if Chelsea come knocking on the door, it’s the same as a player, it can be very hard to turn down.

“It’ll be interesting in the summer to see what happens regarding the manager and a few of the players down at Southampton.”

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