Chelsea: Agbonlahor verdict on full-time Lampard hire - 'it makes sense'

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

7th Apr, 2023 | 2:53pm

Agbonlahor drops verdict on Chelsea appointing Frank Lampard full-time - 'you've got a legend'

Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed the interim appointment of Frank Lampard at Chelsea “makes sense” but insisted there is “no chance” of him getting the job permanently.

The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 44-year-old ex-midfielder could use this opportunity as a springboard to another Premier League job this summer.

Lampard was appointed as Chelsea manager until the end of the season on Thursday (6 April) following the sacking of Graham Potter.

Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique and Mauricio Pochettino are among the potential candidates most widely linked with the job ahead of the summer.

Chelsea are almost certain to be without Champions League football next season after falling 14 points behind the top four.

Lampard was sacked as Everton boss in January with the Merseysiders involved in a relegation battle for the second consecutive season.

Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I don’t think it’s as silly as some people are saying.

“Lampard was sacked by Chelsea before, yes, but he wasn’t dreadful.

“At Everton, most managers would have failed. The club is a mess.

“It makes sense to bring him back. They don’t want to rush into appointing someone new.

“They’ve got two months to speak to everyone and really take their time in this decision.

“In that time, you’ve got a club legend to steady the ship. Even if he gets to the Champions League final – there’s no chance he’s getting the job.

“Chelsea know Lampard wants to prove what he can do – and it’s a chance for him to get another Premier League job in the summer. It works for all parties.”

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