Chelsea will soon name Frank Lampard as their new manager with talks still ongoing between the two parties at the moment, but already the incoming manager has garnered support from several key members of the Chelsea fraternity.
Longest serving club captain John Terry has backed his former teammate to excel as the head coach of Chelsea, insisting the current circumstances mean the Blues are better off with a man who is loved at the club. Lampard had managed Derby County last season and guided them to the Championship playoffs, losing to Aston Villa in the final.
His time with the Rams ensured his reputation in the management circles was enhanced. The cash-strapped club was in danger of going into oblivion in the second tier of English football, but Lampard led them to sixth in the standings before a dramatic playoffs series.
Now, Chelsea are said to be inching closer to appointing him as their new head coach and Terry says ‘there’s no one better’.
After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea’s transfer ban in place, there is no-one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea. It is perfect timing for him and the club. Frank was under pressure to succeed at Chelsea the day he arrived from West Ham and he never hid from that. He revelled in it and went on to become Chelsea’s greatest-ever player.
What made him that player was his desire to drain every ounce out of his body and that of everyone around him in training. Then, when he was done, he’d go out and practise free-kicks and shooting on his own for another half hour. People would be amazed at his goal return but they just didn’t realise how much dedication was put into that and his whole game. He is just as exacting on himself now as a manager.”
John Terry, Daily Mail