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Coach Harry Redknapp has given his view on what Frank Lampard would be like as the manager of Chelsea.
The former England and Tottenham boss was speaking ahead of Maurizio Sarri’s departure, with the Italian confirmed as the new manager of Juventus on Sunday.
But Redknapp firmly believes that Chelsea would be in great hands if they appoint Lampard to succeed Sarri ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Lampard is regarded as a legend at Stamford Bridge after helping the club win three Premier League titles during his time as a player, while he was also a key part of the side which landed the Champions League trophy at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Sarri was widely criticised in his only season at Chelsea, with Kepa Arrizabalaga infamously disobeying him during the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City as he refused to be substituted in the closing stages of the game.
Redknapp, however, feels that current Derby County boss Lampard would be able to handle the characters in the dressing room who let Sarri down.
“He will have real authority. He won’t stand any nonsense,” Redknapp told The Sun. “Eden Hazard has left and he was a fantastic player. No disrespect to any of the rest of them who are left but none of them can look at Frank and think, ‘I’m a bigger, better player’.
“He’s been a better player for Chelsea than any of them have been. That’s not a bad starting point for him. There won’t be anyone there he can’t handle.”
Sarri was also criticised by Chelsea fans for not letting enough of the club’s young players come through the ranks this past campaign, but he did land the Europa League trophy, a third-place finish in the Premier League and an appearance in the Carabao Cup final.
And Redknapp sees a much brighter future for Chelsea’s young guns if Lampard does land the role at his former club.
“We could see some real young stars emerging. When I think of Chelsea, I think back to the days of Alan Hudson, Peter Osgood, Peter Houseman — people coming through the system, great young players,” Redknapp added.
“Maybe now these kids are going to get the chance. They have an incredible academy, producing all these great kids but sending them out on loan and not playing in the first team. It could be a dawning of a bright new era for Chelsea.”