Opinion: If Chelsea appoint Lampard, they should be patient with him

Chelsea are expected to appoint Frank Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s successor this summer, as the Italian returned to Serie A, taking over Juventus.

Frank Lampard is a familiar name at Stamford Bridge, earning legendary status in the Premier League during his 13-year spell at Chelsea FC back in his footballing days.

‘Super Frank’ won three Premier League titles with the Blues, as well as the Champions League in 2012. He is the all-time top goalscorer of the club with 211 goals across all competitions.

The former midfielder is also the record winner of the Chelsea Player of the Year award, winning it three times – in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

He retired from professional football in February 2017 and started his managerial career at the start of the last season, after being appointed as the head coach of Championship side Derby County on a three-year deal.

In his debut season as a manager, Lampard did fine, guiding Derby to the Championship playoff final, where he lost to Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League. His most notable win was against his former coach, Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, as the Rams won on penalties to eliminate Manchester United in the Football League Cup.

Lampard is now on the brink of becoming the new manager of Chelsea FC. Of course, taking over the Blues would be his ultimate wish as a manager, but we feel that the timing for the move is not the very best at the moment.

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First and probably most important, Frank does not have the experience to deal with a club of this magnitude. As a player, he was amazing and a real leader on the pitch, but he could still lose the dressing room as a manager.

He won’t be able to buy players he likes – and that’s another reason why we don’t think it is the right time for him to take over at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are banned from signing players this summer, which basically means Lampard will have to play with Maurizio Sarri’s team, weakened by the absence of Eden Hazard, who signed for Real Madrid a few weeks ago.

So to sum it up – ‘Super Frank’ is still inexperienced as a manager, he will have an average team to start with and he won’t be able to strengthen the squad and buy players which are adequate for his style of football because of Chelsea’s transfer ban.

That’s why they will need to be patient with him at Stamford Bridge and give him a real chance to show his best qualities as a head coach. Even if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League, finish the season trophyless or even in the second half of the table.

If the Chelsea board decides to go with Frank Lampard as their new manager they will have to support him throughout the next campaign, let him make his own team first and then judge him on the results. At the end of the day, ‘Lamps’ is one of the greatest ever to have played at Stamford Bridge.

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