It is looking increasingly likely that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is set to depart Stamford Bridge and take up the vacant manager’s position at Juventus and everyone and their uncle seems to have an opinion on who should replace the Italian.
One of those with an opinion is former Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand who believes that the job should be given to former Blue Frank Lampard, who Ferdinand feels has the attributes to be the next Pep Guardiola.
“If Chelsea are going to get a ban transfer-wise, I don’t think they can look anywhere but Frank if I am honest,” he said. “He and Jody know all the kids from 16 upwards. They know what they can all do” Ferdinand said
“Chelsea have had the best young kids in the country for a while now – Manchester City are coming around that but for a good few years Chelsea have had the best kids and none of them get in the first team. As a football club you would think they would like to change that.
“If they want to change that, there is no one but Frank. He is someone who their young players are going to look at every day and say, ‘Wow! Frank is gonna play us. He played [Chelsea loanee] Mason Mount at Derby every game when he was fit, he played [Liverpool loanee Harry] Wilson every game he was fit. He trusts kids. His first season, under mad pressure at Derby, he played all the kids. He is gonna do that with us!’
“So he invigorates not only the first team and the fans but the kids coming through. At a time when managers are scared and under pressure not to play kids, I think it will be refreshing.”
Ferdinand added: “People talk about experience and what-not but what experience did Pep have when he went into Barcelona’s first team? He trained the younger kids at the club.
“Would he [Lampard] wilt under the pressure when big players throw a wobbly in training? I don’t think he would. Frank knows Chelsea, he knows the players and the players will respect him.”
Bold words from Ferdinand and it should be noted that he and Lampard are close friends, however, Lampard has done an excellent job at Derby County and that experience will have done him the world of good but whether he is ready for the Chelsea job is a huge question.
It will take a leap of faith from Chelsea to employ their former player and it is far from certain they will be prepared to take that sort of leap.