Despite his enduring loyalty to Mourinho, 37-year-old Lampard has backed interim coach Guus Hiddink to be a success at Stamford Bridge.
“Guus Hiddink will be a fantastic manager in the interim but they should have waited until the end of the season,” Lampard—who currently plays for New York City FC—began, as per The Sun.
“If they could have recovered they would have had a great manager and a successful future ahead,” he continued.
“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world and with that status they can’t be 16th in the Premier League in December, so there’s clearly a problem.”
While Hiddink has yet to taste defeat as Chelsea boss since returning to west London, he is yet to pick up three points since replacing Mourinho.
The Blues defeated Sunderland in the first match since the Portuguese coach’s dismissal under the guidance of caretaker boss Steve Holland, but since Hiddink took the helm, the Pensioners have drawn 2-2 with Watford and 0-0 with Manchester United on Monday evening.
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While Lampard was part of Hiddink’s Chelsea team that defeated Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup final in 2009, he enjoyed many of the greatest moments of his career under Mourinho, notably two Premier League triumphs, the 2007 FA Cup and two league cups.
Despite Lampard’s support for Mourinho, the former FC Porto coach oversaw a miserable start to the campaign, and after 19 matches the Blues sit in 14th place in the table, only three points clear of the relegation zone.