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Ferdinand backs Lampard as ideal choice for Chelsea

Lampard Frank Lampard could yet miss out on the Chelsea job
Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2019, 11:29

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has been tipped to stage a return to Chelsea and replace Juventus bound Maurizio Sarri.

Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported former Benfica and Sporting CP boss, Jorge Jesus, has reportedly rejected Chelsea managerial role ahead of Sarri's possible departure.

It is understood that Sarri could be announced Juventus' new manager in the next 48 hours, forcing Chelsea to begin search for his successor in earnest.

And, while club legend and Derby County manager Frank Lampard remains the hot favourite, there is concern within the boardroom that the Englishman is not yet ready for such a high profile job.

Rio Ferdinand has given former team-mate Frank Lampard a ringing endorsement by insisting he is the only candidate to become Chelsea's next manager.

"He is the flawless choice".

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The Catalan went on to win 14 trophies in four years at the Nou Camp, including two Champions League titles, with his Barca side among the most revered in football history.

"If Chelsea are going to get a ban transfer-wise, I don't think they can look anywhere but Frank if I am honest", said Ferdinand. He and [Derby assistant manager and former Chelsea youth coach] Jody [Morris] know all the kids from 16 upwards.

"Chelsea have had the best young kids in the country for a while now - Manchester City are coming around to that but for a good few years Chelsea have had the best kids and none of them get in the first team". People talk about experience but what experience did Pep [Guardiola] have when he went into [the] Barcelona first team?

But the club have not asked for the two-year ban, imposed on the club by Federation Internationale de Football Association after allegations Chelsea broke regulations over signing young players, to be frozen.

"And I know what I want, in terms of not a specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job, I know what I want".