Frank Lampard has been predicted to replace Gareth Southgate as England coach inside 2 years, with John Terry taking over at Chelsea.
That’s the prediction of Harry Harris, the multi-award winning football journalist and prolific author, whose latest book ‘The Boss: Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’ has just been released.
Harris made his prediction on talkSPORT this morning, in the Early Sports Breakfast show with Paul Coyte.
It would surely be a tough decision for Lampard to leave his dream job at Chelsea, as it was for Glenn Hoddle in 1996.
Hoddle agonised at leaving Stamford Bridge, where he became player-manager in 1993 before retiring as a player two years later.
It would be as hard for Lampard to turn down England as it was for Hoddle. England is not really a job that anyone turns down.
Harris told talkSPORT that he believes Lampard’s pal and fellow Chelsea legend John Terry would then take over at Chelsea, having served his apprenticeship as assistant manager at Aston Villa.
Football has a habit of springing surprises and managerial successions are no exception. It’s certainly a significant plus for Lampard that so much new talent in Southgate’s senior England set-up comes from his Chelsea squad.
Nobody would be better placed than Lampard to continue the England development of Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
Lampard is already developing these players at Chelsea and has the extra benefit of having guided Mount and Tomori in their loan spells at Derby County, when Lampard was in charge at Pride Park.
‘The Boss: Chelsea managers from Ted Drake to Frank Lampard’ is out now, written by Harry Harris, with a foreword by Frank Lampard and an introduction by Ivor Baddiel. Published by Empire Publications.