Pundit View: Ruud Gullit urges Frank Lampard to avoid appointing his own friends amongst backroom staff

Speaking to Sky Sports News, former player-manager at Chelsea Ruud Gullit has urged Frank Lampard to make the right appointments amongst his backroom staff if he takes over at Stamford Bridge.

What did he say?

After confirmation Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to join Juventus, Blues legend Frank Lampard is seemingly the frontrunner to take over from the Italian despite only having a year’s worth of managerial experience to his name.

Responding to the rumours, Gullit said: “(Lampard) has done nothing yet as a coach. (Chelsea) gave me this opportunity as well, we won (a lot) so that (inexperience) has nothing to do with it.

“He must not make the mistake to get friends there, he has to make sure he gets some people there who have experience in managing and coaching teams. That will be the best thing for him.”

The right advice

With just a year on the touchline, it’s fair to say Lampard is still in the infancy of his managerial career. The former England international was impressive in his debut campaign in charge at Pride Park and almost completed a minor miracle when he nearly guided the Rams to the Premier League on his first try.

But what Lampard certainly needs if he wants to make the step-up to the top-flight is getting people in with the relevant experience. Lampard and his number two Jody Morris have seemingly struck up a fine understanding, but neither have the know-how of doing their jobs in the most testing of leagues.

Gullit’s advice mirrors the strategy Manchester United employed when Mike Phelan was brought in alongside Michael Carrick to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Though the Red Devils struggled towards the end, having someone of Phelan’s experience, knowledge of the game and years of working together with Sir Alex Ferguson will only be of benefit to Solskjaer.

It’s vital Lampard recognises that, takes on Gullit’s advice and looks to appoint the right people behind the scenes, too.

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