Transfer ban cost Chelsea a big-name manager says Wayne Bridge

Lampard's dream job could prove a poisoned chalice but hopefully it will come good.


Chelsea love loan deals so much they even put their managers on them.

The latest one being Frank Lampard, who was appointed as the latest (12-month) replacement for Maurizio Sarri this summer.

Legend Frank has been welcomed by Blues fans with open arms – though Wayne Bridge has a theory on why his former team-mate has got the job.

Bridge won the Premier League with Lampard in 2005 and he’s desperate for the appointment to work.

Though he believes Roman Abramovich has ended up with Lamps because bigger names wouldn’t join due to the transfer ban.

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“I think he’s going to be under pressure,” he told Paddy Power News. “But people have to realise he hasn’t been able to buy anyone, he’s brought a lot of the youngsters through and they have played some good football and created chances.

“They’re not getting the results and I’m sure that will be doing his head in.

“But I don’t think Chelsea would have been able to attract a big-name manager with the players they have got and the fact they can’t buy anyone.”

Lampard was handed a poisoned chalice in west London and has stepped into the top job at Chelsea at a time when they cannot sign players for two transfer windows.

There have been some signs of encouragement as his team are scoring goals with relative ease but problems remain in their dodgy back-line.

Frank Lampard

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One win in four league games this has done little to raise the spirits of worried fans although the boss should be given time even if ruthless owner Abramovich has never been one for patience.

“I love the idea of him being appointed manager personally because I just think a lot of people want to see him fail – but I’m just thinking he can come good,” Bridge added.

“With what he’s got to do, I don’t think Chelsea can expect too much but with the way they are playing, I think he will come good. I’ve got my fingers crossed.”

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