Frank Leboeuf names Brendan Rodgers as ideal replacement for Frank Lampard with pressure mounting on Chelsea boss

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Frank Leboeuf believes Brendan Rodgers would be the ‘perfect guy’ to replace Frank Lampard amid the mounting pressure on the Chelsea manager.

The Blues slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night, leaving them in eighth place in the table after 19 games.

Chelsea have now lost five of their last eight league matches, and Lampard conceded that he is ‘worried’ about his side’s slump in form after their loss at the King Power Stadium.

The likes of former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Leicester’s Rodgers are among the favourites to take over at Stamford Bridge.

But given his experience in the Premier League that has helped him take the Foxes to the top of the table, Leboeuf feels Rodgers is the ideal replacement for Lampard should he be relieved of his duties.

‘Brendan Rodgers knows English football very well so I think he will be the perfect guy,’ the former Blues defender told ESPN FC.

‘Allegri knows Italian football, Tuchel knows German football and French football but they’re new in English football.

‘There is a very specific philosophy and mentality that you have to have to coach a team in England.

‘We can see talent is not enough, you need something special, you need a team, you need stamina to keep on fighting every game. You need a character which is missing around Chelsea players right now.

‘Brendan Rodgers is fantastic and I would love to see him.’

However, French World Cup winner Leboeuf conceded that it is slightly too early to properly assess Lampard’s potential successors, and can’t see Rodgers leaving the Midlands club given he signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal in December 2019.

‘But it is premature, there is somebody that you have to respect, Frank Lampard is still in charge,’ he added.

‘I think Rodgers won’t come to Chelsea, I think it would be a complete betrayal towards the club and the fans because he just signed a long contract.

‘I think he wants to achieve something, they are building something special, top of the league, what is the point to go to Chelsea?’


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