Ian Holloway is confident Chelsea now have ‘the proper fella’ in charge of the club with Frank Lampard in the dugout.
The long-awaited news was finally confirmed on Thursday morning, with Lampard leaving his role at Derby County – which he had only held for a year – and signing a three-year deal with the Blues.
Much has been made of Chelsea’s decision to hand one of the biggest jobs in English football to a manager of such little experience.
Lampard has only spent one season in management and leaves Derby with 24 wins from 57 matches – a win ratio of 42.1 per cent.
But Holloway believes the former England midfielder is the right man to finally bring some longevity to Stamford Bridge after years of chopping and changing in the dugout.
“It just feels so right,” said Holloway on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast, admitting QPR fans would ‘kill him’ for saying so.
“I want some longevity at Chelsea. They’ve been building this youth set up for years, building the best academy for a long, long time and I want to see it flourish.
“That’s why I’m excited, I believe Frank and Jody [Morris] will play these young fellas and Chelsea could grow in a much better way, rather than just… instant coffee.
“Sometimes you’ve got to grow it. You see a lovely orangery and you put a little seed in there and, before you know it, it turns into something beautiful.
“I want to see Chelsea do that.
“QPR fans will kill me, but I’m saying with Frank, the professionalism all his life and the way he is… I’m still moved about the time he scored when he lost his mum and he’s looking at the sky.
“What I’m trying to say is that he’s a proper person. He’s not just about who he is, he is a real, real human being.
“I’m delighted for him.
“I don’t care about their first few games, hopefully they go alright, but I don’t care about that.
“I think they’ve put the proper fella in charge.
“Frank is the right appointment and Mr Abramovich might not have to do what he’s felt he’s had to do before, because Frank will not be selfish as other managers have been at Chelsea.”