FRANK LAMPARD is more than capable of handling the pressure of managing Chelsea but the worry is whether or not he will be given time to succeed by the owner.
That is the view of former Chelsea winger and Lampard’s former team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Chelsea have appointed Lampard as Maurizio Sarri’s successor, offering him a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard, 41, left Championship side Derby County to take over at a club where he spent 13 years as a player.
The former England international made 648 Chelsea appearances, winning 11 major trophies with them, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Many believe that taking over at such a big club may be a step too far so soon for Lampard, while others think he can cope with the added pressure.
The fact that the club have been issued with a transfer ban for the next two windows may aid Lampard’s cause as less might be expected of the team.
The loss of star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid is bound to be a body blow although the club do have Champions League football to look forward to next season.
Wright-Phillips thinks that his former team-mate will be fine in his new role but says his only worry for Lampard is the amount of time he will be afforded.
“My only worry was whether Chelsea would keep him at the club long enough”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has a history of sacking managers the moment that the team starts to struggle for a sustained period.
The likes of Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas-Boas, Luiz Felipe Scolari, and Claudio Ranieri have all suffered at the hands of the Russian in the past.
“I think that he is 100 per cent ready to handle the Chelsea job from what he showed at Derby,” Wright-Phillips told ESPN FC.
“My only worry was whether Chelsea would keep him at the club long enough for him to stamp his authority and show what he is about.
“As you can see in Chelsea’s past history, the owner doesn’t really keep managers that long when he is sick and tired of them.
“As soon as they go through a bad spell they tend to be sacked rather than being given more opportunities to push and really show what they are capable of.”
Lampard could only draw his first game since taking over as boss with Chelsea labouring to a 1-1 draw with Irish side Bohemians.
The returning hero will make his Premier League bow against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.