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Frank Lampard’s “special way” tipped to lead Chelsea to glory

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Frank Lampard has a “special way about him” that should enable him to become a success story as Chelsea manager, says Harry Redknapp.

Lampard has replaced Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea’s head coach for next season on a three-year contract.

The Blues icon won the role following an impressive first season of coaching at Championship side Derby County, which nearly saw him lead them to Premier League promotion at the first time of asking.

Ultimately, though, the Rams fell short at the last hurdle by losing the Championship play-off final 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley.

Lampard will now take on, perhaps, the biggest challenge of his entire career in retaining Chelsea’s Champions League status next season amid the club’s two-transfer window ban from FIFA.

Not helping the 41-year-old’s cause is the loss of star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer.

But Redknapp is convinced his nephew will be up to the task and will extract everything from the Chelsea squad.

“He has a special way about him,” the ex-Tottenham boss told Sky Sports.

“He is a very educated boy.

“He is the best trainer I have seen in all my years of football. I have never seen anyone work so hard on the training ground.

“I am sure you can ask Jose Mourinho, you can ask Claudio Ranieri, you can ask anybody who worked with him – he trained like nobody you have ever seen.

“He will expect the same level of effort and commitment from the players at Chelsea. He will demand it. If he gets that, then Chelsea are in for a great time.”

Redknapp, who also coached the likes of West Ham United and Southampton during his own career, revealed his role in landing Lampard the Derby job last year.

“A year ago, when Derby had lost their manager and I rang Mel Morris (Derby’s owner) and asked him who he was going to give the job to and he said an experienced manager,” said Redknapp.

“And I said ‘Mel, you keep picking managers and you are not doing very well at the moment.

“I said ‘take Frank Lampard’ and he said ‘no, I want experience’, so I said ‘take Frank Lampard! He will be a different class for you, he will bring so much to your football club – he is a special talent.’

“In the end, he listened and two months later, he is ringing me and saying ‘Harry, I am so glad I listened to you he is amazing.'”

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Harry Redknapp, Manager of Birmingham City celebrates after his side avoid relegation after the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Birmingham City at Ashton Gate on May 7, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)