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‘Surprised’ Dennis Wise not convinced by Lampard appointment at Chelsea

Dennis Wise admits he is ‘surprised’ by Frank Lampard’s emergence as the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager.

Current Chelsea boss Sarri is expected to leave the club this summer and return to Italy, with Juventus having agreed a deal to take the 60-year-old back to Serie A after just one season at Stamford Bridge.

Derby County manager Lampard, who scored a club-record 211 goals during a 13-year career at Chelsea, has emerged as the bookmaker’s favourite to replace Sarri despite having just one year of managerial experience, much to the surprise of former Blues midfielder, Dennis Wise.

“I’m surprised, if I’m being honest,” Wise told talkSPORT.

“He did a good job getting them [Derby] into the play-offs. But getting to the play-off final and not going up isn’t good enough.

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“In the last five seasons, they’ve been in the play-offs three times. It’s something they’ve done before.

“I think it would be good if he stays there. The expectation at Derby is to try and get them into the play-offs and get them up.

“The expectation of Chelsea is to get into the Champions League and try to win trophies against the best teams.

“That’s a big jump from Derby to Chelsea if it happens.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Wise, who won four major honours with the club, believes Lampard would be taking a ‘huge risk’ by taking the job and thinks the 40-year-old should be patient as he learns his trade.

“It is a huge risk, but that’s what Frank’s about,” he added.

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“He’ll take that risk. He’ll want to have a go at it. He can say he’ll bring some youngsters through although he’s got the transfer ban.

“I don’t think it’s correct. I think he should be a bit patient. Lampard left five years ago and this is a different squad of players than when he left.

“They respect him as a player and as a person, but the first thing he’ll have to do is gain respect in a coaching capacity.

“There are other managers, he’s not the only one. But it seems like everyone wants Frank to get the job because he was such a wonderful player there.”

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