Chelsea’s managerial revolving door has turned once more. With just one season gone since he replaced Antonio Conte as Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri has fashioned his exit and will be managing Juventus next season.
Things were a little different this time around, though. Sarri didn’t want to stay and the club’s hierarchy hardly felt any differently – it was a beautiful divorce.
The Blues are now without a manager, but they aren’t expected to remain headless for long as club legend Frank Lampard is believed to be on the verge of signing a three-year deal. There are many fans who feel Lampard is too inexperienced and would rather see him take the reins when he has more years as a manager under his belt, but many are of the opposite view. Let’s make a case for the latter.
Below are five reasons why Lampard is an excellent candidate:
Chelsea will be playing Champions League football next season after finishing third in the Premier League. But, let’s face it, not much is expected from them. The Blues recently parted ways with their best player in Eden Hazard and are facing a two-window transfer ban. The pressure will be minimal and, should Lampard deliver no worse than a top-six finish, no one’s going to fault him.
Knows Club Inside Out
Lampard isn’t a club legend for nothing. The Englishman is the most accomplished Blue, having left the club as their highest-ever goalscorer after a 13-year stint at Stamford Bridge. He already knows Chelsea inside and out and is well aware of the Premier League’s demands. That has to count for something.
Familiarity With Youth Setup
Lampard also has in-depth knowledge of Chelsea’s youth setup and that he’s likely going to bring Jody Morris with him is even better. Morris both played and coached at Chelsea and was one of the main reasons Blues’ youth dominated both domestic and European tournaments. His addition could be huge.
Fans Will All Be On Board
This one is pretty obvious. Even the fans who think it’s too early will back Lamps. It’s a match made in heaven and, to be honest, more than Chelsea deserve.
Intelligent, Professional and Hardworking
Lampard’s success as a player was due to his hard work and insistence on improving. He was never the most physically gifted athlete on any of the teams he played in, nor was he the quickest or the strongest. But he was the hardest worker around and that mentality has followed him into coaching.
Also, his intelligence can’t be discounted. Lampard was also known for his high IQ and he has also been described as one of the most intelligent players to ever kick a ball. Surely, one doesn’t score that many goals from midfield despite not having a standout physical attribute.
Of course, no one expects Lampard to deliver silverware next season, as mentioned above. But he’s likely to bring some measure of success.
For now, the Blues are 25/1 to win the Premier League title next season with Bet365 and fans looking for the best betting sites uk can check Freebets.uk for the best deals and offers. The Blues are also 5/6 to finish in the top four with William Hill, while Paddy Power are offering odds of 1/6 on a top-six finish.
Bet365 has odds of 9/1 on Chelsea winning the FA Cup and, following their League Cup final appearance last season, they’re 10/1 to triumph next time around with the same bookies. As for the Champions League, they’re 33/1 to win that one with Betfair.