Joe Cole believes new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can help to ‘change the culture’ at Stamford Bridge.
The fan-favourite returned to Chelsea as the clubs manager earlier this summer, replacing Maurizio Sarri who left after just one season in charge to join Juventus.
Lampard’s task has been made more difficult with the club currently serving a two-window transfer ban, with the 41-year-old tipped to look to the club’s brightest young talents as he bids to improve the squad.
Despite the success of the club’s youth academy, Chelsea have traditionally struggled to blood their best prospects into the first-team, but Lampard’s former teammate Cole believes the Blues’ boss now has an opportunity to ‘change the culture’ and stamp his authority on the club.
“This is an opportunity to change the culture of the club, change how the club is perceived,” Cole told the Daily Mail.
“The culture is fine in the sense we’re a successful team but there can be improvements made. We need to use this time now to blood the youngsters, get a settled side, settled staff, settled fan base.
“Frank has got many things in his favour and one of those is being a club legend. He’s got other attributes as a man and manager in that he can deal with any type of dressing room, any type of character. Nobody knows the club like him and the intricacies of it. He’s in a perfect position to sort it out.”