Frank Lampard Only Needs To Avoid Relegation Battle To See Out First Year At Chelsea
Frank Lampard is to be given time once he returns to Chelsea as manager, with only an absolute disaster seeing him getting the boot after a season.
On Tuesday Derby County announced that they had granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Lampard, who is now set to sign a three-year contract as Maurizio Sarri's replacement.
He is poised to become Chelsea's 12th manager under the Roman Abramovich regime and the fourth permanent appointment since 2015.
But given he's a legend and the club's all-time top goalscorer, coupled with the fact Chelsea are under a two-window transfer ban, The Telegraph say that he will be given at least a full season in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.
Journalist Matt Law writes: "While there will be no guarantee that Lampard will be allowed to see out his contract, there is a hope that, barring the worst-case scenario of a relegation battle, he will be given at least a full season before facing any sort of assessment."
It is believed that former Blues midfielder and youth coach Jody Morris, who is currently assistant manager at Derby, will join Lampard back in West London, alongside fitness coach Chris Jones.
Academy coach Joe Edwards is also slated to make the step up to the first-team staff, while Lampard's former teammates Claude Makelele and Petr Cech have recently moved into new roles on the loan staff and board respectively.
A whole host of Chelsea's young players are set to beneficiary from the current predicament regarding transfer, with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James and Mason Mount all set to be offered contract extensions as per the Evening Standard.
And Lampard's long-time colleague and friend John Terry feels it's the logical appointment due to the situation at Chelsea.
"After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea's transfer ban in place, there is no-one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea," Terry said as per Eurosport.
"It is perfect timing for him and the club. Frank was under pressure to succeed at Chelsea the day he arrived from West Ham and he never hid from that. He revelled in it and went on to become Chelsea's greatest-ever player,