Frank Lampard believes Chelsea could do with more consistency.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard hopes that whoever becomes the club’s new manager in the summer is given a chance to be in charge of the club for the long-term, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez became the Blues’ ninth boss in as many years this season, and is likely to be replaced by Roman Abramovich during the summer.
The likes of Manuel Pellegrini and Jurgen Klopp have been linked with the post, as well as former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and who would apparently be open to a return to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard’s future at the club is also in doubt, with the legendary midfielder considering a move to MLS side LA Galaxy, as Chelsea seem unwilling to offer him a new contract.
Still, the 34-year-old hopes that, even with yet more possible change to come this summer, that the next manager is given time to work with the side, unlike previous coaches who were given the axe prematurely in recent years, such as Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.
Lampard was speaking at the handover of the Champions League trophy in London, and said: “While there’s a manager in place now, although we know what seems to be coming at the end of the season, I don’t think it’s right to speculate about who the manager will be next season.
“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.”
Asked whether he thought Mourinho could make a sensational return to Chelsea, the former West Ham man didn’t want to comment, but maintained that he is a big fan of the Portuguese tactician.
“Jose’s an absolutely fantastic manager, one of the legends of the Champions League,” he added. “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.”