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Redknapp doubts nephew Lampard can handle Chelsea job

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Frank Lampard’s own uncle, Harry Redknapp, doubts he will be able to handle the Chelsea managerial job at this stage of his career.

Upon leading Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a coach, Lampard is being tipped for a Chelsea return.

Rumours have been going about suggesting Maurizio Sarri will leave Stamford Bridge for Juventus in the summer.

Italian media claimed that a meeting was held on Friday night between Sarri and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, where he allegedly informed her of his desire to vacate his post.

Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla then boldly declared that the Blues agreed to release Sarri from his contract. However, no word of confirmation has yet to arrive from either the club or coach.

Regardless of the outcome of the scenario, however, Redknapp thinks Chelsea should stay clear of his nephew Lampard.

The former midfielder won 26 and lost just 19 of his 57 matches in charge of Derby to cap off a respectable first campaign in the dugout.

Although Lampard was denied a dream ending when the Rams lost to Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.

“If Sarri goes I think Frank would be one of the favourites,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“Well, he is the favourite, if you look at the bookmakers they’ve closed the book on it. He’s a massive odds-on favourite.

“But it’s a difficult one for him. He’s at a good club, Derby is a great club.

“He’s had one year there and he’s got a good relationship with the chairman, so it would be difficult to leave.

“But if the Chelsea job comes up, will he turn it down? It won’t be easy for him.”

The former Tottenham boss added: “It’s a big job at Chelsea next year.

“With the transfer embargo and [potentially] losing Eden Hazard, I mean, my God, how do you replace him? He’s a special player.

“No one can fill those boots. He’s in the top five players in the world. They can’t replace him.”

Lampard himself has downplayed talk of himself replacing Sarri at Chelsea next season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea and Frank Lampard of Derby County shake hands after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Derby County at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)