According to Sky Sports reports, Chelsea and Juventus are locked in talks over Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri. Reportedly the clubs just have to agree a compensation package for the former Napoli boss.
Sarri’s exit could well lead to the return of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as the club’s new head coach. In fact, Lampard is now red-hot favourite at odds of 2/9 to be the next Blues boss.
Highly inexperienced in managerial
Lampard has only just started his managerial career. In fact, last season was Lampard’s debut campaign as Derby County boss. The Rams failed to earn promotion to the Premier League last season, losing the play-off final against Aston Villa.
A move from managing Derby in the Championship to managing Chelsea in the top-flight and the Champions League is a massive one. It would be a big opportunity for Lampard, earlier in his career than expected because of who he is and his relationship with the club.
Lampard needs to be careful, though, as the fans will give him time, but if he fails at Stamford Bridge then his potential managerial career could suffer badly before it has really begun.
Knows the club well
The main attraction of Lampard is obviously his status within the club. He is the clubs record goalscorer and obviously a highly respected figure at the south west London club. This could be a key factor in the potential appointment of Lampard.
Chelsea are still banned from transfers for the next two windows unless their appeal is successful. No new signings mean that Lampard would have to work with the players already contracted to Chelsea, which is a lot.
Many of the players available to the former Chelsea midfielder would be young players. These young players would look up to Lampard. The fact that his current assistant at Derby Jody Morris previously worked in the youth ranks at the club would no doubt help with dealing with some of the clubs more promising players.
The likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount could all feature in the Chelsea first-team this season after promising loan spells in the Championship last season. Mount was actually at Derby under Lampard, which could also prove significant.
Nothing that Lampard could do as Chelsea boss could make the Blues fans stopping loving him. He will always be a hero to most genuine Chelsea fans whatever happens if he becomes boss this summer.
A massive challenge
The Chelsea job this summer will be a massive challenge for whoever is brave enough to take on the job. Not only are have the Blues lost their talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, but they cannot currently strengthen their squad.
It will take a lot of managerial acumen to guide Chelsea to a successful campaign next season. Even bosses with years of experience would likely struggle, so to ask somebody with just one year of experience at Championship level to the job is a big ask.
At the minute Derby have reportedly not been approached by the Blues. However, if Juventus can agree a compensation fee in the near future, then it looks as though the Rams will be getting a phone call about Lampard’s availability.
Lampard’s appointment could be the best or the worse move Chelsea could make this summer. However, the former England man has proven his leadership skills on and off the pitch and he seems determined to become a top coach. Who knows, maybe that could be at his old club.
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