Frank Lampard’s former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry feels the Derby County manager is the right man to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard is favourite to succeed Maurizio Sarri at the west London giants after the Italian tactician left to coach Juventus and he has been given permission to speak to the Blues board.
The former midfielder, who spent 13 successful seasons with Chelsea, has completed one season in management during which he guided the Rams to the Championship play-offs, only to lose to Aston Villa in the final.
Eyebrows were raised when it emerged that he was a serious candidate to replace Sarri, with many pundits suggesting he needs more experience before landing such a high-profile position. Terry does not see it that way, however, and believes the club will benefit from having the 41-year-old back on board.
“It is perfect timing for him and the club,” he said. “Lamps is a legend and now is the right time for him to come home.”
Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo meaning Lampard will have to work with what he has, but Terry sees it as a positive with his former colleague at the helm. “Having Frank in charge and the transfer ban will give young players throughout the academy belief that there is a genuine pathway into Chelsea’s first team,” he added.
“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.”
Chelsea have not been tipped to challenge for the title next term and can be backed at 23.00 to lift the Premier League trophy.