‘Use this time’ – Sherwood tells Chelsea to sack Lampard and bring in Potter’s successor right now

Joe Williams
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard shouts at his players

Tim Sherwood thinks Chelsea should sack Frank Lampard and bring in their new long-term replacement for Graham Potter now.

Lampard has been given the reins until the end of the season as interim boss after the Blues ownership decided to sack Potter earlier this month.

The former Brighton boss only managed 12 wins in 31 matches during his time at Stamford Bridge but Lampard has not even slightly improved things.

Lampard has overseen four losses in his four matches in charge with defeats to Wolves and Brighton in the Premier League and two 2-0 losses to Real Madrid.

Chelsea sit 11th in the Premier League and have very little to play for this season and Sherwood reckons now would be a good time to hire a permanent manager.

The former Tottenham boss said on Sky Sports: “It’s still a big couple of months for Chelsea, because I think they need to get a manager in as soon as possible.

“If they find a manager, they should bring a manager in, so he gets an opportunity to look at the squad, what he’s got.

“Because there needs a huge clearout here. Someone who wants to fight for that shirt and give them a little bit of balance.

“They’re so disjointed in their squad. They’ve got so many players in offensive areas, wide players, who are pretty similar quality-wise.

“Let a manager come in, see them train everyday, see them play in the remaining games, they’ve got tough games to come.

“And then he can make a decision because recruitment has been absolutely shocking.

“So let the manager be part of the recruitment policy. That’s the only way I can see it, there’s still a lot to play for.

“Otherwise you could waste this six weeks – or whatever it is until the end of the season – and you start from scratch next year.

“The new manager has to get used to the players. Use this time. If there is someone out there, out of a job, that they like, bring them in now.”

Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann have been heavily linked with the Chelsea job and Sherwood reckons Lampard would understand if they moved him on earlier than planned.

Sherwood added: “Frank will understand. He’s gone in there to help them out. I’m sure he’ll hold his hands up and say: ‘Look, there’s nothing to play for now.’

“If there is a manager free to come in now, have the conversation with Frank or even come in alongside Frank and watch from close quarters. They need to do something like that now.”

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