Harry Redknapp has revealed that it would be a “major surprise” if Frank Lampard was not the one to take over as Chelsea manager after Maurizio Sarri’s departure to Serie A Giants Juventus.
Frank Lampard, who will be turning 41 on the 20th of June, has a very successful spell as a player for the Blues, becoming the club’s record goalscorer and winning three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League with the London Club.
The former England midfielder has been a very impressive manager during his first season in management at Derby, guiding the Rams to a 6th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship and then onto the play-off final at Wembley.
Despite Derby looking to tie down Lampard’s future, he remains the overwhelming favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea bosses Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho have also been touted as potential replacements for Sarri, who guided the London club to Europa League success last season.
Redknapp claims that it is only a matter of time before his nephew Lampard will be the next manager at Chelsea.
“I think it would be a major surprise if he doesn’t get the job. It looks to me as though it will happen,” Redknapp said on talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast.
“It would be brilliant for him. A shame for Derby as (owner) Mel Morris gave him the opportunity there and he’s done a great job. But it’s a great move; he’s absolutely idolised at Chelsea – a genuine legend there.
“He knows the game, he knows what it’s about, he’s got a touch of class… it will be great.”
“He (Lampard) has a squad there that for sure will finish top six,” said Redknapp, who also had spells at Portsmouth, Tottenham and QPR.
“I see them next season finishing, at best, third, probably fourth; around where they were last season.