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Terry insists former teammate Lampard will thrive as Chelsea manager

John Terry has said that he believes former teammate Frank Lampard will succeed as Chelsea manager should he be installed as expected.

Lampard and Terry played with each other at Stamford Bridge for 13 years, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League together.

Now the midfielder is expected to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager following the Italian’s exit and subsequent move back to Italy where he will take the reins at Juventus.

Although he is considered a club legend, Lampard has just one year of managerial experience under his belt at Derby County, whom he lead to sixth in the Championship table and defeat in the playoff final to Aston Villa.

Terry was on the sideline that day in Wembley as Dean Smith’s assistant for the Villains, who won the game 2-1 to secure promotion to the Premier League.

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The former centre-back has backed Lampard to succeed upon his imminent return to SW6 however, despite his lack of managerial experience.

“After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea’s transfer ban in place, there is no one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea. It is perfect timing for him and the club,” Terry told the Daily Mail.

“Frank was under pressure to succeed at Chelsea the day he arrived from West Ham and he never hid from that. He revelled in it and went on to become Chelsea’s greatest-ever player. I don’t believe there will be any trepidation from supporters. They love him. Lamps is a legend and now is the right time for him to come home.

“Roman is a successful businessman because he is so demanding but Frank will demand nothing less from himself. He [Lampard] would welcome that responsibility to make Chelsea more competitive and provide the stability the club has probably been lacking.”

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