After Chelsea confirmed their split with technical director Michael Emenalo on Monday after 10 years working together, there is a hole to fill in the club’s hierarchy.
The 52-year-old was widely credited with playing a key role not only in recruitment at Chelsea, but also with the club’s scouting network and academy programme, as noted by The Telegraph.
In turn, it’s a wide-ranging role that requires a level of experience and expertise in various departments, and so it would be natural for some to raise their eyebrows at the suggestion that Frank Lampard could come in and play a key role, as mooted by The Express.
There’s no denying that the 39-year-old is a popular figure at Stamford Bridge, having scored 211 goals in 648 games for the Blues, while winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Further, there is an understandable element to the report and suggestion as it’s claimed by the Express that a figure is needed to ‘ease relations between manager and the owner’, and Lampard would arguably be able to offer that given his approachability and impressive eye for the game having shown his tactical know-how and analytical skills in his punditry role with BT Sport.
Nevertheless, it’s still surely quite the jump for him as he has no background experience in such a role, although there’s no doubt he’d love to return to Chelsea in some capacity after enjoying so many memorable years with the club.
It’s also a risk from the club’s perspective too for the same reason, as they’ll have to make the right call on Emenalo’s replacement to ensure that things run smoothly in his absence moving forward.