Former Blues legend Frank Lampard is the hot favourite to take over from Maurizio Sarri as the next Chelsea manager, however, another former Stamford Bridge star Dennis Wise, is not sure it is the right move.
The Derby County manager leads the betting markets by a country mile and is also the man the fans want in charge but Wise believes it could be too much of a jump for the inexperienced Lampard at this stage of his managerial career.
Speaking to TalkSport Wise said
“I’m surprised, if I’m being honest,”
“He did a good job getting them [Derby] into the play-offs. But getting to the play-off final and not going up isn’t good enough.
“In the last five seasons, they’ve been in the play-offs three times. It’s something they’ve done before.
“I think it would be nice if he stays there. The expectation at Derby is to try and get them into the play-offs and get them up.
“The expectation of Chelsea is to get into the Champions League and try and win trophies against the best teams.
“That’s a big jump from Derby to Chelsea if it happens.”
He added: “It is a huge risk, but that’s what Frank’s about.
“He’ll take that risk. He’ll want to have a go at it. He can say he’ll bring some youngsters through although he’s got the transfer ban.
“There are other managers, he’s not the only one. But it seems like everyone wants Frank to get the job because he was such a wonderful player there.”
Wise makes some very good points, this is not the best time for any manager to be in the hot seat in West London, the transfer ban and loss of Eden Hazard are huge and it will probably need a very experienced man to guide the club through the next season.
But Lampard has proven himself at Derby to a certain extent and while it is a huge jump from Championship to Champions League it does not follow that he will not be able to do a good job.