Getting a top job in one’s line of business is a big move in the right direction and most of the time well wishes accompany the rumors – but not in Frank Lampard’s case.
His uncle and former football manager, Harry Redknapp, has expressed his doubts about Lampard’s success at the club where he made his name. In his playing days, Lampard was a key player for the Blues in his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 211 goals to become Chelsea’s all-time top scorer.
His legend in the Premier League is well-documented. The former England international the only midfielder in the top seven players to score more than 150 goals in the English top flight, and he hopes to recapture some of that glory in his managerial career.
In his first appointment, he guided Derby County to the Play-off final in the Championship, losing to Aston Villa. He has now been penciled in as one of the leading candidates for the job at Chelsea with the Sun indicating that Maurizio Sarri is on his way out of the club next summer.
Redknapp believes Lampard is just not ready for a role as big as Chelsea coach.
“If Sarri goes I think Frank would be one of the favourites. Well, he is the favourite, if you look the bookmakers they’ve closed the book on it. He’s a massive odds-on favourite. But it’s a difficult one for him. He’s at a good club, Derby is a great club. He’s had one year there and he’s got a good relationship with the chairman, so it would be difficult to leave.
But if the Chelsea job comes up, will he turn it down? It won’t be easy for him. It’s a big job at Chelsea next year, with the transfer embargo and [potentially] losing Eden Hazard, I mean, my God, how do you replace him? He’s a special player. No one can fill those boots. He’s in the top five players in the world. They can’t replace him.”
Harry Redknapp, Metro