Frank Lampard has called on Chelsea to ‘take their time to get the right manager’ as the club’s search for a new head coach continues.
Lampard has been placed in interim charge of Chelsea until the end of the season, following the decision to sack Graham Potter after less than seven months in charge at Stamford Bridge. Potter had replaced Thomas Tuchel earlier this season, but endured a difficult period in west London.
Chelsea are now assessing candidates to take the role ahead of next season and are understood to be closing in on an agreement with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Blues have also reportedly held talks with former Spain manager Luis Enrique, ex-Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann and Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim about replacing Potter.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Arsenal in the Premier League, Lampard urged Chelsea to take their time in ensuring the next appointment is the right one.
“Do they [Chelsea] need to take their time to get the right manager? Yeah, they absolutely should do,” he told his pre-match press conference.
“We are at that stage of the season now where we understand that we are not going to get into Europe, and other managers are probably going: ‘I’ll take a look at this and wait till pre-season when I can enforce what I want to do.
“It’s not silly on their part – we’ve got the top four in the run-in and that is going to be a difficult process of games.”
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