Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has backed Frank Lampard to be a success with Chelsea while hoping that the move paves way for the recruitment of more young English managers at the highest level. The 40-year-old took charge as the new head coach of Chelsea on Thursday following a prolonged wait where the Blues were settling on a compensation package with Derby County.
Writing on his official Twitter account, Owen suggested that every managerial appointment has a risk and put Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane as prime examples during the beginning of their jobs. He added that Lampard can prove a success with the west London side and hopefully provide the confidence for other clubs to choose young English managers.
“Every managerial appointment is a risk. Guardiola and Zidane are decent enough examples of clubs benefiting from taking a risk on unproven managers in recent years. Good luck Lamps, pave the way for more clubs to give young English managers a chance,” read a tweet on Owen’s official Twitter account.
Lampard won’t have the luxury of pursuing new players during this summer’s transfer window, considering the Blues are under a 12-month transfer ban. Nonetheless, the same offers him with additional job security, given the board are prepared to stick with him through the 2019/2020 season even though the club are not able to compete for the top four.
Chelsea are scheduled to play their first pre-season friendly against Bohemians next week and the game should give a minor glimpse of Lampard’s tactical system for next season. Ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri went with a three-man midfield for most of the previous campaign and it remains to be seen whether Lampard goes with the same 4-3-3 formation next term. Lampard could test some of the young players during pre-season and the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, and Tammy Abraham could get the chance to impress.