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Gullit backs Lampard appointment, but insists Chelsea legend needs experience around him

Ruud Gullit has backed Frank Lampard’s anticipated appointment as Chelsea manager, but insists he will need experience around him to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea legend and Derby County boss Lampard has emerged as the favourite to become the club’s new manager, with Maurizio Sarri having left to join Italian champions Juventus.

Despite having just one season of managerial experience, former Blues midfielder Gullit has backed the 40-year-old for the role, but insists Lampard will require the help of experienced coaches as he prepares to return to the club.

“Look, he has done nothing yet as a coach,” Gullit told Sky Sports. “[But] they gave me this opportunity as well and we won, so that has nothing to do with it.

“I think it is important for Chelsea that they can have something who they can relate to and I hope he gets the right people he needs around him who can help him.

“[He needs to] make sure that he gets something with experience of managing and coaching teams. That would be the best thing for him.”

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