Rio Ferdinand has given former team-mate Frank Lampard a ringing endorsement by insisting he is the only candidate to become Chelsea’s next manager.
Maurizio Sarri’s move to Juventus is expected to be confirmed by the end of the week, clearing Chelsea to step up their search for a new boss.
Lampard has had just 12 months of managerial experience with Derby. But Ferdinand, who played with Lampard for West Ham and England, is adamant he is the right man to replace Sarri.
‘He is the perfect choice. People talk about experience but what experience did Pep Guardiola have when he went into Barcelona’s first team? He trained the younger kids at the club,’ said BT Sport pundit Ferdinand, who will be England’s lead ambassador for Euro 2020.
‘Frank knows the club and he knows the players and the players will respect him. You can see he can carry himself in front of the media and in the football club and he can change things within a season.
‘We have seen that at Derby. I know it’s a smaller club but we have seen him do it.
‘I will actually be surprised if they look elsewhere.’