John Terry has backed his former teammate and close friend to succeed at Chelsea.
“After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea’s transfer ban in place, there is no one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea. It is perfect timing for him and the club,” Terry told the Daily Mail.
“Frank was under pressure to succeed at Chelsea the day he arrived from West Ham and he never hid from that. He revelled in it and went on to become Chelsea’s greatest-ever player. I don’t believe there will be any trepidation from supporters. They love him. Lamps is a legend and now is the right time for him to come home.
“Roman is a successful businessman because he is so demanding but Frank will demand nothing less from himself. He [Lampard] would welcome that responsibility to make Chelsea more competitive and provide the stability the club has probably been lacking.”
“He has the tactical knowledge, enthusiasm and will have the backing of the players and fans to prove what he can do,” Terry said. “You could see by the improvements made by Mason Mount at Derby last season that Frank will have an impact on young players and improve them.
“For some time, perhaps only myself and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had come through the academy to become regulars and that has probably left many young players questioning their future. Callum Hudson-Odoi will be assured he has a big role to play at Chelsea.
“Having Frank in charge and the transfer ban will give young players throughout the academy belief that there is a genuine pathway into Chelsea’s first team.”