Trevor Steven: He may be lacking experience, but there is no better candidate for the Chelsea job than Frank Lampard
On the face of it, one year of experience in management is not enough to take on a challenge like Chelsea. But if one man can do it, its Frank Lampard.
Chelsea were granted permission to speak with Lampard yesterday over their vacant managers position. If I was the decision-maker Id consider him to be the perfect candidate.
He would be joining the club with a set of circumstances that are ideal for an inexperienced manager and which will help buy him time.
They have just lost their talisman in Eden Hazard, who has joined Real Madrid, and are currently undergoing a transfer ban, although they are appealing it.
In isolation, last years results were good, winning the Europa League and finishing third in the Premier League, but it was topsy-turvy throughout and the fans didnt enjoy the football or lack of communication from previous boss Maurizio Sarri.
Lampard will garner huge affection from the supporters and give them reason to be positive, despite some negativity in the background.
As a Chelsea legend he will come into a warm environment and that, combined with the scenario Chelsea find themselves in, means fans will be lenient with him.
Although he fell at the final hurdle in the Championship play-offs, I think Lampard had a great season at Derby, implementing his own style of play and demanding a high energy throughout the side.
He also got the best out of Derbys young players, including Chelsea loanee Mason Mount, something he will likely have to do again should he get the job.
Being able to bring Chelseas former academy manager Jody Morris back to Stamford Bridge with him as his assistant will be crucial in that department.
Together they have a vast knowledge of the Chelsea players, both young and senior, and getting the best out of what they have will be vital due to their inability for the time-being to spend any money.
I cant see a single negative with appointing Lampard. He is a mature individual who will not be surprised by the demands of the club and he knows how to win, having done it so regularly there for more than a decade.
As one of the clubs legends, no one can say to him, “you dont know what its like out there”, becauseRead More – Source