- Lampard emerges the likely candidate to replace Sarri.
- Ex-Blues midfielder doesn’t see Lampard as Chelsea’s solution.
Chelsea requires a new Manager at Stamford Bridge, with Maurizio Sarri deciding to return to Italy after a season full of criticism in England.
Frank Lampard has been heavily linked as the new manager at the Bridge, but former Blues midfielder Craig Burley believes such talk would be “derided and be ridiculous” if Lampard didn’t have strong ties with the Blues.
The ex-England international spent 13-years with the Blues as a player, winning almost if not all available Trophies with the club, from three Premier League titles to four FA Cups, two League Cup, one Champions League, and one Europa League.
Though Lampard started management just 12 months ago with Derby and Burley is not convinced the 40-year-old is the ideal candidate for the position. The ESPN Commentator said familiar faces are not the solution moving forward:
“It’s amazing if you compare two guys going into big clubs, [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and Lampard, they’re both level-headed, intelligent, experienced football guys.
“But the perception is incredible among the supporters, it almost clouds the bigger picture and blindfolds them.
“If Solskjaer and Lampard, particularly Frank Lampard – if he had no Chelsea connection and had one year’s managerial experience at Derby County, this would be derided.
“Ultimately Derby failed but it was a more-than-decent first season. But if there was no connection for that football club, this appointment would be derided and would be ridiculous.
“It’s a crazy notion that a lot of fans seem to have that because a guy played for a club, he understands the club.”
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Burley replied when asked about the same situation with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola in 2008.
“He did, but he did. If my memory serves me right with Guardiola, there were problems at Barcelona when he stepped up from coaching within the system.
“But there was a whole bunch of players that were ready or just about to come through including one of the two greatest players of our generation [in Lionel Messi].
“That analogy and analysis that a lot of people throw out, particularly when the Solskjaer appointment was made, is just not going to stand up to scrutiny.
“To say, ‘Frank Lampard’s our guy.’ I find it a tough one to sell, I really do.”
Savechelsea.net in other articles reported Chelsea clear way for Frank Lampard return by agreeing to Maurizio Sarri deal.
Juventus has agreed to pay the £5million deal for Maurizio Sarri in their meeting with the Chelsea executives on Thursday.