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Frank Lampard told to take Chelsea job or regret it forever

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Mark Bosnich has urged his old Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard to accept an offer to coach the club or else he may end up regretting it.

Despite having just a season of managerial experience under his belt, Lampard is the reported favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea manager.

So far, there has been no word of confirmation from either the former midfielder or Chelsea themselves. Although the fact that the rumours haven’t shut down either suggests something could be in the pipeline.

However, Lampard’s current club Derby County are keen to retain him and have reportedly begun talks over a new contract at Pride Park.

Lampard, who celebrated his 41st birthday on Thursday, enjoyed a solid first season in football management. He led Derby to a sixth-place finish in the Championship and nearly secured promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

But Bosnich reckons that the ex-England international will have no choice but to accept should Chelsea indeed come calling.

“I think it’s a great move for both parties,” the former Blues goalkeeper told talkSPORT.

“From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them, but having a club legend will give them some breathing space.

“And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move.

“It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job.

“If he stays with Derby and just say, for example, he loses seven of the first ten games and things aren’t going particularly well, he’ll forever be saying to himself, ‘I should have taken that opportunity’.

“I think it’s a really good move and I really do hope it works out for him.

“I was very close to Frank during my time at Chelsea. He not only was a wonderful player, but he is also a wonderful man as well and I think this will be ideal for him.”

9 Aug 2001: Mark Bosnich of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly between Vicenza and Chelsea in Vicenza, Italy. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT