Lampard wants next Chelsea manager to be given a chance

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea’s next manager must be given a fair chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, according to The Guardian.

The England midfielder, who is still not certain to remain at the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, admitted that the turnstyle-like turnaround in managers during his stay at Chelsea has been less than ideal.

Lampard believes the next manager, whoever they may be, should be given a fair chance at establishing some stability after seeing nine managers in 10 years since Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2003 – a statistic which led the chief executive of the League Managers Association to state in 2012 that the turnover has been “a serious embarrassment.”

Current boss Rafael Benitez also seems certain to depart in May, taking the tally to 10 managers in 10 seasons – including a three year stint by one of the favourites to take the reins back next season, Jose Mourinho.

Lampard also confirmed that his own future is unlikely to be resolved until the current campaign’s conclusion, with the club chasing fellow Londoners Arsenal and Tottenham for the coveted fourth spot to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

He said: “Whatever the situation, it would be nice if a manager could come in and have a good crack at some consistency and stay in the job. We all understand we’ve had some interim managers and the fans and the club would probably be happier if we could get a manager who could stay for more than half a season, or for some period of time.”

When asked about how he would feel about a potential Mourinho return, Lampard said: “There’s no doubt about his credentials, whether he comes to Chelsea or stays at Real Madrid or whatever club he goes to, I believe he will be successful. That’s all he’s ever done and from working with him I’m very, very sure of that.”

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