Reports in Italy claim, Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard is on course to have a step-up in his managerial career by being named Maurizio Sarri’s replacement as owner Roman Abramovich favours putting a former player in charge of the squad.
Sources imply the Blues are expected to set aside Maurizio Sarri this summer – even if he guides the club to Europa League glory with owner, Abramovich reportedly fascinated by the idea of having a former player at the helm of the squad.
The move is motivated by Real Madrid’s inspiring appointment of former player Zinedine Zidane which was authenticated by the club’s repeated successes in the UEFA Champions league, the most coveted prize in club football.
Lampard 40, who now manages English Championship side, Derby County, spent 13 years at the club as a player, made 648 appearances for the Blues and is still the club’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals.
Having guided the club into a top-four place this season, Sarri’s poor rapport with the club’s fans has been a major reference point with the top hierarchy of the club as Abramovic maintains the conviction that one of the club’s old guard, with the right resources is capable of outdoing the Italian.
Lampard would be welcomed back by the Stamford Bridge supporters after he spent 13 years with them as a player. Since his retirement, he has proved his potential as a manager after an impressive season with Derby County.
Lampard has guided the Rams to 20 wins and 14 draws in 46 games in the Championship this term. The ex-England midfielder claimed earlier this week that Chelsea need to put their trust in the youngsters amid claims Eden Hazard is set to leave.
He said: “Of course it will be dissappointing to lose him [Hazard] for the Premier League, but particularly Chelsea.”