Football League World’s Derby County fan pundit Matthew Bailey has admitted his disappointment at the initial names being touted to replace Frank Lampard at Pride Park.
The Rams have allowed Lampard permission to speak to Chelsea over the vacant manager’s job and, according to the Mail Online, have noted Garry Monk and Darren Moore as lead candidates to replace him.
“Does it fill me with confidence? Not Really,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“Monk did really well with Birmingham and the restrictions he had in terms of playing staff and getting that team to perform but then you have to look at his time at Middlesborough when he had some really good quality Championship players, spent money and, let’s be honest didn’t, exactly shine.
“It worries me how he would deal with big characters in the dressing room which, to be honest, Derby are known to have a few.”
“Moore, I was impressed with at the start with West Brom and he seemed to have them going in the right direction.
“But watching them play against Derby this season, defensively they were terrible and that was ultimately their downfall come the end and with Derby having defensive frailties, I don’t think he would be right.”
Monk guided Birmingham to a comfortable survival, despite suffering a mid-season nine-point deduction for breaking FFP rules before issues with the powers that be at St Andrews came to a head in June.
Moore was sacked by West Brom in February despite having the Baggies sat in promotion contention, going on to crash out of the play-offs under Jimmy Shan.
But if it is not these two, then who does Bailey want to see take over from Lampard if he does end up with Chelsea?
“My first choice would be Mikel Arteta,” he said.
“As a footballer I admired him, he was such a clever player and read the game so well and I think that was undervalued during his playing time.
“I think the fact that he has been working so closely with [Pep] Guardiola at City he will have learnt an awful lot which would stand him in good stead and it couldn’t hurt having a mate at City so we can utilise the loan system again.
“I also think that [Daniel] Stendel from Barnsley should not be overlooked as Barnsley were very good last year and he has shown what a European manager can do.”