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Chelsea warned that Frank Lampard is a managerial gamble

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Former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise fears the club may be biting the bullet a little too early in naming Frank Lampard as manager.

Lampard is in the hot seat to become the 14th different coach during Roman Abramovich’s 16 years as the Chelsea owner.

The Blues are on the lookout for a new gaffer following Maurizio Sarri’s decision to join Juventus after just one season. It leaves them in a race against time to appoint a successor as it could have dire consequences on their summer plans.

However, very few suitable candidates are available for the Stamford Bridge gig which has seemingly paved the way for Lampard’s arrival.

But the former England international only has the one season of managerial experience at Championship side Derby County. This has made club legends like John Hollins uneasy over the idea of Lampard taking charge of such a big club.

Nonetheless, Wise wishes Lampard and his Derby assistant Jody Morris well should he indeed get the Chelsea job.

“Is it too soon for him? I think it is,” Wise told Sky Sports.

“I look at the staff he may bring in as well. Jody may come alongside him and he’s a bit inexperienced in a coaching capacity.

“If Frank does come in, he probably needs to bring someone with a bit of experience. There probably will be some changes, because he’ll want to bring his own staff in.

“Chris Jones, who was there [at Chelsea] before, is at Derby with him. He’s the fitness guy and he’s got good experience. But on the coaching side of things I worry.

“Frank, from a playing and personal point of view, everyone loves him at Chelsea, but he hasn’t been long in coaching, and neither has Jody. It worries me a little bit, but if they get it I wish them all the luck.

“It’s going to be tough for them, but fingers crossed they do the right thing for Chelsea.”

Wise added: “I think that gives Frank more time, by having the [transfer] ban.

“But at the end of the day Chelsea are a Champions League team, they want to finish in the top four.

“They don’t want to finish in the top six, I don’t think that’s something that we want.

“I think as Chelsea fans you want to be competing at the highest level and winning trophies.

“We will find out in time how it’s going to pan itself out.”

13 Aug 2000: Chelsea Captain Dennis Wise with the Charity Shield during the match between Chelsea and Manchester United in the One 2 One FA Charity Shield at Wembley Stadium, London. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/ALLSPORT