'That would be a big risk' - Brian Kerr suggests Frank Lampard is not ready to take over as Chelsea manager
Brian Kerr believes Chelsea will be taking ‘a big risk’ if they hand club legend Frank Lampard the chance to take over as manager this summer, amid mounting speculation that current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has agreed to become the next Juventus manager.
Sarri is expected to leave Chelsea after tonight’s Europa League final against Arsenal, with his first season at Stamford Bridge Falling short of expectations despite a third-place finish in the Premier League, with images of him storming away from what might have been his final training session as Chelsea boss in Baku after a row between his players evidence of the tension in the Blues camp.
Lampard is the bookies' favourites to take over from Sarri, yet former Republic of Ireland boss Kerr suggests a move to hire Lampard would be a risk after just one season as a manager at Derby.
“Has Frank Lampard done enough to be manager of Chelsea? I’m not sure he has, but that club have a strange was or operating,” said Virgin Media Sport analyst Kerr.
“They usually go for someone who is a serial winner if you look back at the managers they have had in recent years. They haven’t really gone for any experimental appointments, but now they are suggesting that Lampard has enough experience after one year as a manager at Derby. That would be a big risk for me.
“I’d also question whether this is a good time to take the Chelsea job. They have a transfer ban to negotiate this summer and an owner who isn’t around too much and may not be engaged in the club as he once was. It will be a tough job for a guy who has had just one year as a manager.”
Kerr went on to suggest Arsenal’s desperation to win the Europa League final to secure Champions League football for next season could propel them to victory in this evening’s all-London final, as he suggested their front two of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang and Alexandre Lacazette could be the difference between the two sides.
“Arsenal’s need is much greater as they need Champions League football next season and Chelsea already have that, but that isn’t going to win the match for them,” he added.
“When you think that Arsenal finished 28 points behind the champions in the Premier League, it suggested they are not a great team and yet they have a chance to beat a Chelsea team who are not much better.
“Arsenal have the two front players bang on form in Aubamayang and Lacazette and they could win it for them. Those two are in great form and they have the scoring power to win games on their own.
“Overall, I would say Chelsea are the steady, more disciplined team, but the Arsenal manager Unai Emery has has an extraordinary run of winning this competition three years in succession during his spell in charge of Sevilla. He has a knack of winning this and I would favour Arsenal to win this one.”
- Chelsea v Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final will be screened live on free-to-view Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Sport.