Chelsea praised for major Lampard decision though Agbonlahor feels there’s ‘no chance’ he stays

Ciaran McCarthy
Frank Lampard, Chelsea, October 2019

Gabby Agbonlahor has detailed why Chelsea’s decision to reinstate Frank Lampard as manager “makes sense”, though he feels there’s “no chance he’s getting the job” permanently.

The Blues’ manager’s job has been a poisoned chalice for years. It seems no matter how well a manager does, the end is never too far away.

Lampard suffered that fate in his first spell in the role. After a summer of not being able to spend, he managed to inspire his side to a fourth-placed finish.

However, when he did have the chance to bring in new talent and he wasn’t able to improve the side, Lampard was given the boot.

This season has been no different at Chelsea. Lampard’s successor, Thomas Tuchel, was dismissed in September, and Graham Potter survived no longer than seven months after taking over from the German.

With little time left in the season, appointing a manager on a permanent basis may have seemed pointless. As such, Lampard is back, a decision praised by former Premier League striker Agbonlahor.

“I don’t think it’s as silly as some people are saying,” he told Football Insider.

“Lampard was sacked by Chelsea before, yes, but he wasn’t dreadful. At Everton, most managers would have failed. The club is a mess.”

Agbonlahor feels there are a few reasons why Lampard returning as caretaker is a positive step.

“It makes sense to bring him back. They don’t want to rush into appointing someone new,” he added.

“They’ve got two months to speak to everyone and really take their time in this decision.”

While Agbonlahor feels Chelsea could get a hungry Lampard who wants to show he can inspire a side to big things, he doesn’t think they’ll stick with him, even in the case of major success.

“In that time, you’ve got a club legend to steady the ship. Even if he gets to the Champions League final – there’s no chance he’s getting the job,” Agbonlahor said.

“Chelsea know Lampard wants to prove what he can do – and it’s a chance for him to get another Premier League job in the summer. It works for all parties.”

Indeed, it seems unlikely there could be a turn of events that would see the Blues keep Lampard on permanently.

However, overcoming holders Real Madrid in the Champions League and continuing that success throughout the campaign can’t hurt his chances.

If Chelsea don’t want to take a punt on him, there will surely be some sides that do if he can bring some success back to Stamford Bridge.

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