Frank Lampard could end up regretting turning down the chance to manage Chelsea this summer in order to stay with Derby County, according to former teammate Mark Bosnich.
The former Blues midfielder has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Italian giants, Juventus.
Despite his strong association with Chelsea, Lampard has only just finished his first year in football management, narrowly missing out on promotion with the Rams following a 2-1 play-off final defeat against Aston Villa.
However, that hasn’t stopped reports that suggest the former England international is the frontrunner for the job, with ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich insisting that his old teammate may regret turning the offer down if it comes his way.
“I think it’s a great move for both parties,” he told talkSPORT.
“From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them, but having a club legend will give them some breathing space.
“And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move.
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“It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job.
“If he stays with Derby and just say, for example, he loses seven of the first 10 games and things aren’t going particularly well, he’ll forever be saying to himself, ‘I should have taken that opportunity’.
“I think it’s a really good move and I really do hope it works out for him.”
Dennis Wise – another of Lampard’s former Blues teammates – has taken a slightly more cautious approach to whether the 41-year-old should switch from Championship to Premier League football this summer.
Wise admits that although Lampard is well-loved by all in the blue colours of west London, it could be too soon for him to take on such a responsibility at a club of Chelsea’s stature.
He said: “At the moment because Frank from a playing point of view, from a personal point of view, everyone loves him at Chelsea.
“But he hasn’t been long in coaching and neither has Jody [Morris] so it slightly worries me a little bit but if they get it I wish them all the luck, both of them.
“It’s going to be tough for him but fingers crossed they do the right thing for Chelsea and do well.”