By E.I Ihegwuruike
FRANK LAMPARD and Jody Morris, two Chelsea former players could prove ‘the perfect fit’ for Chelsea despite the club’s impending transfer embargo Naijawatchdog gathered.
According to Sky Sports reporter Laura Woods, who believes the Derby duo would be given time to make things work at Stamford Bridge amid a ban preventing them from signing players.
Chelsea legend Lampard hopped into his first managerial job with Derby back in the summer and, with former Blues midfielder Morris alongside him as an assistant, the Rams have made it to Monday’s Championship play-off final.
However, buildup to their crucial showdown with Aston Villa at Wembley has been dominated by widespread reports linking Lampard with a stunning return to west London.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is under huge pressure at the club, despite finishing third and reaching two cup finals, and it is believed he will be handed his P45 regardless of how they fare in next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan.
And if they decide to make a change, Woods feels it could be a good time to bring Lampard and Morris back to the club.
“On the Frank Lampard situation, if he did come in, this transfer ban if it happens, two-window transfer ban, the idea of bringing in Frank Lampard and Jody Morris might just be a good time for them,” she told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“It sounds like the worse time, but it might be a good time because they come in, they can’t spend any money, they can’t bring anyone they want. They would have to be given time, which is something a Chelsea manager isn’t really afforded.
“Time, respect, adoration from the fans, somebody on the touchline the fans are gonna get behind.”
He continued: “I’ve been at so many Chelsea games this season where the crowd has turned on Sarri and it is not a pretty sight.
“And the amount of discontent in that fan base at the moment, somebody like Frank Lampard and Jody Morris going in there at the moment might just be the perfect fit.
“But they haven’t been approached yet, there’s nothing going on between Chelsea and Derby at the moment and there’s a big game to focus on.”
Lampard was quizzed on rumours linking him with the Chelsea job in his press conference ahead of Monday’s play-off final, but the Derby boss insisted his only concern right now is getting past Aston Villa.
“I said it I don’t know how many months ago, a few months ago, I find it quite difficult because they [Chelsea] have got a game coming up, more importantly for me we have got a game coming up before that,” he said.
“Also, they have a manager in Sarri, who is trying to get them to win this final (Europa League vs Arsenal).
“It has been a bit of an obvious link all season. If I say it is maybe because of where we’re at in the final, and we’re being talked about, and we’ve had a good year, and then I get linked because of my 13 years at the club, I understand the link.
“But in terms of how I’m seeing it, I don’t want to think about it, I don’t want to talk about it. I want to talk about Monday, I want to work with the team, I want to get this over the line for us.
“We’ve got a really difficult game, so it is what it is. That’s my standpoint on it and my focus is on us on Monday.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH