Drogba provides his backing for Lampard to succeed Sarri as next Chelsea manager

Didier Drogba has backed Frank Lampard to succeed Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager.

Chelsea boss Sarri is expected to leave the club this summer to return to Italy and join Juventus, just one year after arriving at Stamford Bridge from Napoli.

Lampard, who scored a club-record 211 goals during a 13-year career at Chelsea, is the bookmaker’s favourite to succeed the Italian having guided Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season in charge of the Midlands club.

Despite his relative lack of managerial experience, Drogba has backed his former Chelsea teammate for the role, believing Lampard represents a ‘very good option for the club’.

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“I think it is a very good option for the club,” he said ahead of the Soccer Aid for UNICEF match at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“He has done well with Derby, taking the team to the playoff final, and I think it is a very good option.”

Asked if he thinks Lampard is ready to take on the role despite having just one year’s managerial experience, Drogba insisted that his as long as he ‘feels ready’ then that is all that matters.

“Does he have to wait until he is 40 or 50 to be ready?

“I think it depends on your experience and depends on your desire to succeed and do it. If he feels ready, I don’t think it is too early.”