risk being branded a ‘laughing stock’ by appointing as their interim manager until the end of the season, according to Simon Jordan.
is set to turn to the club legend following the sacking of and has asked the 44-year-old to steady the ship while the Blues continue their search for a permanent manager.
Lampard was sacked by the previous regime just over two years ago following an 18-month spell during which he reached an FA Cup final and secured Champions League qualification, despite working under a transfer ban.
Chelsea are determined to carry out a thorough search for Potter’s successor and with leading candidates Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique preferring to wait until the summer to take over, Lampard represents a safe pair of hands to navigate the run-in.
Despite his obvious credentials, former Crystal Palace chairman turned pundit Simon Jordan has questioned the decision to hire a manager who has failed in his two most recent jobs.
He said: ‘I think it would be laughable. I think Frank Lampard was an abject failure towards the end at Everton.
‘I think the culture at Chelsea was poor towards the end [of Lampard’s tenure]. Player’s that have now gone, I grant you Rudiger, Frank marginalised.
‘I think in certain quarters Chelsea are a laughing stock. Why would they want to compound that and make themselves an even bigger laughing stock by bringing Frank Lampard to sit in situ.
‘I’m sorry, Frank’s a nice fella but that’s irrelevant.’
He added: ‘Why would Frank want to do it? It’s diminishing him. He’d be doing everyone a favour by turning up and getting a gig and second of all, you’ve been down that route.
‘[Chelsea should] get on with appointing a big name manager if that’s what you want to do.’
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