Chelsea have reportedly considered Frank Lampard to take over if they decide to sack Maurizio Sarri.
The former England star is cutting his teeth in management at Championship side Derby.
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Chelsea legend Lampard’s impressive start to life in the dugout has alerted former club, Chelsea.
Football operations and communications consultant Ian McGarry revealed the news on the latest episode of the Transfer Window Podcast.
He said: “Lampard has been considered, and is the obvious choice in terms of getting the fans back on side.
“Derby are in a state of flux because their owner Mel Morris has offered to sell the club for the nominal stake of £1 in order to recoup some of the £93m he’s loaned the club during his time in charge.”
McGarry then suggested Roman Abramovich’s uncertain future owning the club could impact who gets the top job should Sarri depart.
He added: “I think what’s interesting when analysing this situation in terms of (Javi) Gracia and Nuno, when you are the owner of a business and are looking for an exit strategy, IE to sell, which I think it’s fair to say Roman Abramovich is listening offers for Chelsea, one of the things you don’t do if appoint someone in the pivotal role, in this case manager, if who is going to be hard to evict and controversial in the way he manages.
“What you really want if you’re looking to sell is a safe pair of hands, someone who is diplomatic in public and mild in private, who won’t interfere regarding the administration of the club.
“Someone who is relatively easy to remove for an incoming owner.
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“I think both Nuno and Gracia fit that bill. They will do a good enough, a steady enough job.”
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