Derby County’s preparations for the coming season are very much in limbo, amid reports that Rams manager Frank Lampard is this week meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about the managerial vacancy at Stamford Bridge.
Former Blues skipper Denis Wise though, has poured cold water on the potential move suggesting to Sky Sports News that the move could be too soon for Lampard, having only one years worth of managerial experience under his belt.
He told Sky Sports News: “Is it too soon for him? I think it is. I look at the staff he may bring in as well. Jody may come alongside him and he’s a bit inexperienced in a coaching capacity.
“If Frank does come in, he probably needs to bring someone with a bit of experience. There probably will be some changes, because he’ll want to bring his own staff in.
“Chris Jones, who was there [at Chelsea] before, is at Derby with him. He’s the fitness guy and he’s got good experience. But on the coaching side of things I worry.
So is Wise right to suggest that the Chelsea hot seat is coming too soon for Lampard?
“Lampard did a fantastic job in his first season as a manager with Derby, but I don’t think he’s experienced enough to manage Chelsea at this stage in his career.
“The expectations at a club like Chelsea are much bigger than at somewhere like Derby and he will need do well to handle the pressure.
“It could take time for him to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea haven’t always given their managers a great deal of time in the past.
“If he does move to Chelsea, I hope that Roman Abramovich gives him a proper chance. If it doesn’t work out for him and he gets sacked, it could seriously damage his reputation as a manager.
“He’d probably be better off staying at Derby for another few years and gaining more experience, before making the move to a club like Chelsea.”
“Wise’s comments are understandable. He knows Chelsea very well too, and will know how difficult it is to manage not only players but the expectations of the club hierarchy.
“Lampard only has a year in management and that was at a much smaller club where the weight of expectation was far lower. Chelsea fans may give him time, but Abramovich and co. will not.
“As we saw with Sarri if the club looks like it won’t finish in the top 4 then the pressure will intensify and Lampard, with his lack of experience, may find it very difficult to turn results around.
“However, Lampard knows the club and what he is taking on, and the players know him. They will want him to be a success and they will work hard as a result, which can’t be said of some previous managers.”
“He’s spot on and usually Wise is outspoken with his comments.
“Frank Lampard has done nothing special at Derby. Unpopular opinion maybe, but all he did was put them in the play-offs, which got Rowett the sack.
“I’m not even sure Chelsea want his talent as a manager. I think it’s all about their transfer ban. If Lampard goes, Jody Morris goes and who understands the Chelsea youth team better than Morris? They need to tap into their youth this year as they can’t sign new players.
“In terms of achievement, tactical knowledge and actual presence in the dugout, Lampard still has the attitude of a player in my eyes. Those celebrations after they beat Leeds typified the reaction a player would have, not a manager.”