Former England manager Glenn Hoddle told the BBC now could be a good time for Frank Lampard to become Chelsea manager.
The current Derby County boss has been heavily linked with the Chelsea job amid Maurizio Sarri’s impending switch to Juventus.
Lampard will always have that Stamford Bridge connection. Even the most stubborn of Derby supporters know that a switch to West London will come around one day.
Many, however, didn’t think the opportunity would come around so soon. Lampard has only been at Derby for one season, and a sixth place Championship finish hardly spells a resounding success.
But it’s a peculiar time for Chelsea and the landscape at Stamford Bridge in the short-term now appears to be different. Hoddle explains to the BBC why Lampard may feel the time is right despite coming around so early.
It might be the right time for him. Chelsea are at a crossroads with the transfer embargo and Eden Hazard leaving. It’s going to be a balancing act where a real experienced manager would find it difficult. But I was offered the England job at a very early age. You always think at the back of your mind ‘will that opportunity ever come back round again?’ so Frank will think like that if he is offered the job.
Why Frank Lampard and Chelsea are a good fit now:
According to the BBC, Chelsea will have to pay Derby £4 million to prize Lampard away from Pride Park.
The Rams will be hopeful that the former Blues midfielder remains at the club, but few could begrudge him the move.
Chelsea, amid their transfer embargo, will look to utilise their youth next season. Nobody knows the club better than Lampard while his trustworthy assistant Jody Morris played a huge part in the club’s academy success in recent years. Finally, the Stamford Bridge crowd would support both to the hilt.
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