Ex-Stamford Bridge coach has not heard from old friend but offers hope for the future.
Chelsea’s former assistant coach Ray Wilkins has not been approached to revive his role with the West London club, with Guus Hiddink set to be named the new manager.
The 54-year-old was surprisingly sacked last November after three years at the club. His departure coincided with the Blues dip in form that ultimately cost them the Premier League title.
Wilkins was at the club when Hiddink temporarily managed Chelsea to FA Cup victory and the Champions League semi-final.
It was rumoured the Dutchman wanted to bring Wilkins back when he became permanent manager but this would mean owner Roman Abramovich admitting he made a mistake in sacking the Englishman.
Asked whether he has been in contact with Hiddink about reviving his assistant coach role, Wilkins said exclusively to Caughtoffside: “No, not at all.”
But he did offer some support to his former club by praising the quality coming through their youth academy and rounded on critics of Frank Lampard.
“The youngsters will be (good enough for first-team football),” he told Caughtoffside.
“Probably because of the lack of games they have had, they are not quite at the right level but they certainly have the talent to do so.
“You only have to see when Frank came back and the amount of goals he scored,” he added. “It was a phenomenal amount. So don’t worry too much about Frank Lampard.”