Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has given Frank Lampard some pointers on how to be a successful coach at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard is one of the rumoured candidates to succeed the Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea next season. While the club have confirmed nothing yet, reports suggest they intend to make a formal approach for him.
The 40-year-old enjoyed a solid first season as a manager at Derby County in the Championship. He even reached the play-off final in May only for Aston Villa to deny him a promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
While the Rams are understandably keen to retain Lampard, they will allow him to leave should Chelsea pay £4m in compensation.
But doubts have been swirling over Lampard’s lack of coaching experience, which fans worry could hinder Chelsea’s prospects next season.
And Gullit, who worked as player-manager at Chelsea with even less experience Lampard, warned him to get the “right people around him”.
“[Lampard] has done nothing yet as a coach,” Gullit told Sky Sports.
“[Chelsea] gave me this opportunity as well, we won [a lot] so that [inexperience] has nothing to do with it.
“I think it’s important for Chelsea that they have someone in charge they can relate to. I hope also they can get the right people around him who can help him.
“He must not make the mistake to get friends there, he has to make sure he gets some people there who have experience in managing and coaching teams. That will be the best thing for him.”
Lampard is Chelsea’s record scorer on 211 goals in 648 games. He also won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups and the Champions League with the club.