Chelsea should snub ‘in fashion’ foreigner in favour of ‘lucky general’ Lampard, says Souness

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Graeme Souness speaking on a TV broadcast

Graeme Souness says (bloody) foreigners like Julian Nagelsmann ‘are always in fashion’ and would much rather ‘see a British manager in one of our top jobs’, as he tips Frank Lampard to thrive in his second stint at Chelsea.

Lampard completed his sensational return to Stamford Bridge this week as interim manager for the rest of the season following the sacking of Graham Potter.

It came as quite the surprise, particularly for those who haven’t wiped Lampard’s first stint in west London from their memories, but Souness isn’t alone in thinking “this is a very good appointment” by Chelsea.

The Sky Sports pundit reckons Lampard will get Chelsea winning games of football despite the “punch on the nose” he received first time around and urged the club to resist the temptation of a fashionable appointment like Nagelsmann, who is among the favourites to take charge in the summer.

Souness told The Daily Mail: ‘I’ve always felt you need your fair share of luck in management and I do think the stars have aligned for Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

‘He’s arriving back at the club at an incredibly good time, because slowly but surely the new buys there are starting to grasp the nettle and show what is needed to succeed at a top Premier League side.

‘Their football is good enough to win games. The team lacks only one key ingredient – a centre forward.

‘I think Frank will get this group winning football matches again. In his previous incarnation as Chelsea manager he got a punch on the nose and he will be richer from that experience.

‘Foreign managers are always in fashion. The latest is Julian Nagelsmann. But it’s more than possible that Frank will improve results at the club and if that happens, he would certainly deserve the chance to manage there permanently.

‘Personally, I would love to see that and it would also be very good to see a British manager in one of our top jobs.

‘We all know what Napoleon said about wanting ‘lucky generals’. I believe this is a very good appointment.’

Lampard takes Chelsea to Moilineux to take on Wolves on Saturday before they head to the Bernabeu for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

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