Frank Lampard is treading on a path previously set by Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea – a former player going on to become manager.
More and more Premier League clubs are appointing former players as managers – with seven current managers in charge of a side they used to play for.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is another example of a fan favourite taking to the dugout.
While fans will hope that Lampard’s reign is long and successful, we looked into four current Chelsea players who may one day succeed their boss.
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An obvious choice due to his role as Chelsea captain, ‘Azpi’ is a popular member of the Chelsea dressing room and seems keen on a step into management once he hangs up his boots.
Having won league titles, the Europa League and domestic cups in his time at Stamford Bridge, a move into management for a serial winner like the Spaniard – and may one day lead him back to Stamford Bridge.
In an interview with Sky, Calum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both linked Azpi with a career in management, as did Eden Hazard.
Loftus-Cheek said, “He’s the most professional player I’ve seen and he is a good captain. I say he could go on to become a manager.”
Hazard added, “I think he talks a lot about football. I think a manager (role) is more for defenders – or midfielders. Wingers or strikers are not good managers, apart from Zidane.”
While these references speak for themselves, Azpilicueta’s intelligence and maturity have been evident since his arrival in West London in 2012 – the Spaniard has remained a stalwart throughout the managerial reigns he has played in.
The Brazilian-born midfielder has a serious level of tactical discipline to his role – especially during his time with Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and then Chelsea – and it must take some level of…