Frank Lampard’s surprise return to Chelsea has got everyone talking and Jamie Redknapp has given his view on what this could mean for the club.
It’s no secret that this season has been a disaster for Chelsea. Following two transfer windows of heavy spending, they find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
Thomas Tuchel didn’t last long with Todd Boehly at the helm, but patience soon ran thin with Graham Potter as he struggled to turn the results around.
Lampard is now being lined up as Potter’s replacement until the end of the season. The former Chelsea boss has been out of work since January, when he parted ways with Everton.
“There’s not many other managers right now,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“There are a few names being talked about, so this might make sense for the owners just to give themselves a bit of breathing space and give Frank an opportunity to get back in the game.
“He’s got unfinished business at Chelsea. He loves the club and nobody knows it better than him. I think this is a complete no-brainer.
“The players haven’t had that many good results or scored many goals, but there are real signs at the club. They’ve got a Champions League game to come against Real Madrid.
“People have said it’s almost impossible for them to do it, but Roberto Di Matteo did it when he was an interim manager. Stranger things have happened in football.
“What an opportunity for Frank and a good time for the club to take the pressure out of the situation.”
Where do Chelsea go next?
Chelsea will also be considering who to bring in as their next permanent manager as Lampard is being lined up as a short-term option.
Fabrizio Romano recently clarified the two managers Chelsea are seriously considering bringing in ahead of next season.
“There’s an agreement in principle between Lampard and Chelsea on short term deal,” he told CaughtOffside.
“It won’t change Chelsea intention to find new coach for long term project; Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique remain in the race for sure, of course most likely waiting for the summer now.
“I’m not sure there was any specific difference between Enrique and Nagelsmann. Both had good conversations with Chelsea, they have different vision and ideas; that’s why Chelsea will take their time before deciding.”
Both managers have a superb track record and would be welcomed at Stamford Bridge with open arms.
In the case of Nagelsmann, he has an excellent track record when it comes to developing youngsters and his sides play an exciting brand of football.
Enrique on the other hand would be the more experienced option, having managed more than 100 games more than Nagelsmann in his career.
Each manager boasts an excellent CV and would surely pick Chelsea up from the position they currently find themselves in.