Going head-to-head with Jurgen Klopp has shown Lampard has the required grit to be a top manger, believes Stan Collymore.
Not many expected Frank Lampard to make quite an impression in his first season as Chelsea manager.
Despite a campaign with much room for improvement, the 42-year-old gaffer can this term on a high for the West London outfit.
Lampard and Chelsea can still secure a top-four spot and go on to win the FA Cup trophy a week later – should they beat Arsenal in the finals.
Lampard has since said he regrets telling Klopp to “f*ck off”, but Collymore was pleased to see him bare his teeth at the home of the Premier League champions.
In fact, the ex-Liverpool striker thinks Lampard is already proving himself as the best English-born coaches in a generation.
“Chelsea are bang on track and it’s just a matter of time before the Blues boss makes them a firm fixture at the top,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror.”
“What happened at Anfield in midweek has convinced me more than ever that he is the brightest English coach to emerge for a generation.”
“Going head-to-head with Jurgen Klopp isn’t for the faint-hearted, but when the sparks flew and Chelsea’s boss let rip with his four-letter rant a smile crossed my face.”
“He was annoyed. Everyone had turned up to celebrate a title party. He hadn’t.”
“His body language screamed: I’m p*ssed off, I don’t want to be among this. It’s rubbing our noses in it. I’ve told my players to remember this and take it back the next time we face this lot at Stamford Bridge.”
“That is why Lampard will be a success.”
Some are even suggesting that Frank Lampard should be named the Premier League manager of the year. His side’s results over the coming week will shed more light on that thought.