David Luiz warned Frank Lampard that Chelsea supporters will only give him six months to settle into his new job as manager.
Despite only having one season of coaching experience under his belt at Derby County, Chelsea named Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement following the latter’s departure for Juventus.
The Blues icon’s return to Stamford Bridge has brought about a mixed reaction from fans and pundits alike. Some feel he’s not ready yet for such a high-profile role, while others argue it couldn’t be a worse time considering the club’s transfer embargo.
Making matters worse for Lampard is the summer exit of star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. Therefore, he plans to turn to the promising young players coming into the Chelsea team for the new season instead.
These difficult circumstances may, however, give the former midfielder an easier time in adapting to his new role. As the club’s hopes will be lowered as a result, it means Lampard may not have so much pressure to deliver right from the start.
While agreeing that the 41-year-old will have an easier bedding-in period than his predecessors, though, centre-back Luiz warned Chelsea fans won’t remain patient for long if he struggles.
“I think everyone understands the moment and everyone understands to be patient, but in the end everyone wants to win,” said Luiz on his old team-mate’s transition to head coach, according to Football London.
“They are going to be patient in the first six months and then in the last six months [of the season] they want us to win.
“It is going to be like that, we have to think about that and do the best to make them happy.
“If you don’t think like that [about winning trophies], then you can’t play for Chelsea. The ambition has to be high. Of course, you have many, many fantastic clubs.
“They [other clubs] are working with the managers more than three or four years and they have amazing squads. On the pitch it is up to us to have to show our jobs.”
He added: “I think we just lost a big, big name, a legend of the club in Eden Hazard, but we have many players who can do the job.”
Following last weekend’s 4-0 friendly win at St Patrick’s Athletic, Lampard and Chelsea will be back in action against Barcelona in Japan next Tuesday.