Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp says that Derby County manager Frank Lampard would be the perfect appointment for Chelsea if Maurizio Sarri is to leave, report Sky Sports News.
The Rams boss has been constantly linked with the Blues job since Sarri’s future was cast into doubt and although Lampard has previously disputed the links, Redknapp has backed him to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
“Frank would be the perfect person,” he said.
“Maurizio Sarri is still the manager right now so until that changes, if it were to change and if they need a manager next year, they need someone who’s going to come in and stabilise the club.
“[Lampard] knows the game and obviously Jody Morris will come back with him if he does do that and Jody knows all the young players and will want to give those guys a chance.”
After a successful first season at Pride Park, it would be a real blow to Derby if they were to lose Lampard so soon.
Having secured a play-off place on the final day of the season, the Rams went on to beat Leeds United in dramatic circumstances.
Two goals from Jack Marriott as well as strikes from Mason Mount and Harry Wilson at Elland Road helped them come from two-goals behind on aggregate to reach the play-off final.
However, it was not to be as Aston Villa ran-out 2-1 winners to book their spot back in the Premier League.
I am going to disagree with Redknapp here.
Of course, the prospect of Morris helping to bring through the youth at Chelsea is attractive, but, along with Lampard, they have only been in management for one season.
Managing Chelsea next season is going to be incredibly tricky and if he were to fail in that role it could seriously crush his credentials as a manager and his standing at the club.