– Lampard remains the only clear favourite to succeed Sarri at Chelsea
– News on his imminent return to Stamford Bridge has elicited mixed reactions with some questioning his experience
– Craig Burley is among those who believe the Englishman lacks the managerial experience to take over at the club
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has questioned the club’s decision to replace Maurizio Sarri with legendary star, Frank Lampard.
Lampard is in line to succeed Sarri at Stamford Bridge following the Italian’s departure to Juventus in a similar role.
The Derby County manager’s impending return to the Blues has been greeted with mixed reactions, with some questioning his managerial experience.
The Englishman has just a year of football management under his belt, having made his debut as Derby boss last season.
Burley now believes the Chelsea legend is inexperienced to take over such a big role at the west London club.
“This will work for a certain period in terms of knitting together and appeasing fans”, he told the Sports Bar.
“But ultimately, same as [Manchester] United and Solskjaer and anybody who brings in a former player with little experience, is it’s going to come down to the results,” he continued.
Burley, who spent eight years at Stamford Bridge from 1989-1997 contends fans could turn on Lampard should he fail to live up to his billing.
“If your’re going to Stamford Bridge next season and Chelsea lose five or six on the bounce – and I’m not suggesting that could happen but it could. Then the fans are going to turn,” he declared.
Meanwhile, Derby have since given Lampard permission to talk to the Blues about taking the vacant manager’s job.
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