Glen Johnson believes that his former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard would be a great fit to become the next manager at Stamford Bridge.
Blues legend Lampard, 40, is currently thriving during his first full season as a manager and has taken Derby County to the Championship play-off final.
Chelsea have a Europa League final against Arsenal ahead of them, but speculation around their current boss Maurizio Sarri continues to surface.
According to the Evening Standard, Juventus are keen on appointing Sarri their new boss for next season and it would take £5million in compensation to prize him away from West London.
It is understood that Chelsea have no desire to get rid of their Italian manager despite coming close to sacking him earlier in the season.
He’s helped them return to Champions League football with a third-placed finish in the Premier League, plus reach two cup finals during his first year in English football.
The report does explain though that Lampard would be in contention to replace Sarri if he left and his lack of experience wouldn’t put off Chelsea.
Ex-Blues defender Johnson feels that the job could come too soon for Lampard if it arrives next season, but has no doubts he is the right man for the position in the long-term.
“I think Lampard will definitely be a Chelsea manager one day, and it might be sooner than I probably anticipated,” Johnson told talkSPORT.
“Could he do the job? Now might be slightly too early. But I definitely think he would be capable in the future.
“Chelsea is a different beast [to Derby]. I want him to get the job, I think he’ll be great there. He is Mr Chelsea. He cares about the club and he would actually be interested in the youth teams and he could be the link between all the age groups.”
Lampard being announced as the Chelsea manager is every fan’s dream, but he’s at the beginning of his path with Debry and patience may be the best approach.
Sarri has achieved what has been asked of him this season despite many obstacles and doubters, while they could top it all off still with a trophy in Baku.