Paul Merson believes that Frank Lampard would not be under any pressure at Chelsea unlike the Manchester United legend is at the moment.
Paul Merson suggests that unlike Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Frank Lampard will not be under any pressure.
Merson says that the former England international’s job would be easier because he will not be expected to get big money moves over the line. Indeed, with the club currently under a transfer ban, Lampard will not have to worry about what player to buy or how to get the best out of an expensive signing.
Solskjaer will have such issues which according to Merson, is a blessing in disguise.
Lampard is reportedly getting closer to making a sensational return to the club where he is still considered a legend. After his exploits at Derby County, many expect Lampard to rebuild a Chelsea side that has some really exciting prospects in the squad.
While speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said that Derby was a great test for Lampard and hinted that the Englishman is ready for Chelsea.
“He’s done a bit of an apprenticeship at Derby. They did great to get into the Championship play-off final,” he told Sky Sports.
“But it’s not like you’re bringing in a manager who’s going to be dealing with £70, 80, 90m transfer deals with the pressure on him to bring in players, especially when you haven’t been in that situation before and you’re talking about inexperience.
“(Ole Gunnar) Solskjaer – he’s been manager of Molde, didn’t do great at Cardiff and he’s got to be bringing in players of that level. But with Frank, he comes in and the team’s there, the fans will be patient with him because he’s a legend. I think he ticks the boxes.
“If he comes in too, Jody Morris has already been at the club, he knows the kids who are coming through. There are a lot more of those kids at Chelsea and it is more of a chance to give them a chance instead of bringing players in and the crowd asking what they brought him in for.”