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Hoddle backs Chelsea to ‘challenge for the Premier League title’ under Lampard

Glenn Hoddle reckons that Chelsea can get back to challenging for the Premier League title if Frank Lampard is given both time and backing.

Chelsea have enjoyed a mixed season to date under the management of club legend Lampard, losing nine of their 29 Premier League games, though the west London club are still in pole position to qualify for next season’s Champions League, the Blues currently sitting fourth with a three-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United.

The former midfielder is of course still a rookie in managerial terms, but has earned plenty of praise for putting his trust in a number of young players, something which a long-line of Chelsea bosses have failed to do, despite the wealth of talent to have come through the clubs academy.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are currently a long way off challenging the division’s leading sides, but writing in a new book, ‘The Boss — Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’, former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has backed Lampard to bring success back to the club – providing he is given both time and backing, similar to what Jurgen Klopp has enjoyed at Liverpool.

“When you look at the squad you have to wonder what is going on above him in terms of recruitment,” Hoddle writes.

“For me, Frank needs a clear transfer policy to take his team forward.

“He has been getting it right on the training pitch, on the football side, but the next big phase for him will be how the club operate in the transfer market.

“If Frank gets the players he wants, not the players someone else wants, he has an excellent chance, in two or three years’ time, of having the right squad and the right team to challenge for the Premier League title.

“Chelsea have to treat Frank exactly the way Liverpool treated Jurgen Klopp, give him the time to rebuild, give him the players he wants.

“He needs a clearly defined pathway, a clear line of communication, which I don’t think has always been the case in the past.

“If I was a Chelsea fan, I’d think their team is in the right hands, as Frank is doing an excellent job under the circumstances and the future will be bright.”

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