Guus Hiddink believes that Frank Lampard should be considered as a permanent manager option by Chelsea rather than just an interim. The ex-Derby boss was appointed to steady the ship until a long-term appointment is found over the summer, though Hiddink does not believe that the club need to look any further than the man in the hot seat already.
Todd Boehly and co took the decision to part ways with Graham Potter earlier this week following an underwhelming start to his tenure at the club – which was expected to be long-term. The former Brighton boss struggled to make his mark on the team and his ever-growing squad was a major issue in the training ground.
Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique are among the candidates to become the new Chelsea manager, though the club are in no rush to make their next appointment. Instead, the higher powers at Stamford Bridge opted to appoint Lampard as an interim so that they can thoroughly weigh up their options and bring in a new boss this summer.
However, Hiddink is calling for Boehly to call off the managerial search as he feels that his former side have already found their next boss – Lampard. He told the Telegraph: “Honestly, I would like him to be considered not just as an interim coach but also to be given the confidence to continue with the project next season.”
“He knows the club like nobody else and it’s important to give continuity to things. Like anyone, Lampard is going to need time. Chelsea have invested a lot of money but now need to adapt to an idea.”
Lampard spent two years as manager of the club between 2019 and 2021 previously, though two wins in eight matches saw him sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel. Though Hiddink – who worked with the former England international as a player – believes that the stint came too soon in his managerial career.