Chelsea’s Frank Lampard plan derided after Pep Guardiola claim

“Ultimately Derby failed but it was a more-than-decent first season. But if there was no connection for that football club, this appointment would be derided and would be ridiculous.

“It’s a crazy notion that a lot of fans seem to have that because a guy played for a club, he understands the club.”

It was then put to Burley that Guardiola arrived at Barcelona in a similar position with little experience, to which the Scotsman said: “He did, but he did.

“If my memory serves me right with Guardiola, there was problems at Barcelona when he stepped up from coaching within the system.

“But there was a whole bunch of players that were ready or just about to come through including one of the two greatest players of our generation [in Lionel Messi].

“That analogy and analysis that a lot of people throw out, particularly when the Solskjaer appointment was made, is just not going to stand up to scrutiny.

“To say, ‘Frank Lampard’s our guy.’ I find it a tough one to sell, I really do.”

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