Get Hudson-Odoi to stay: Lampard’s in-tray if he becomes Chelsea boss
Get Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a new deal and decide Pedro and Willian’s futures: Frank Lampard’s in-tray if he takes charge of Chelsea
- Frank Lampard must deal with a host of issues if he is named as Chelsea boss
- Lampard must convince hugely talented winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay
- In addition Lampard has to make decisions on the futures of Pedro and Willian
Chelsea are determined to name Frank Lampard as their new manager in an appointment that would undoubtedly please the club’s supporters.
If he does return to Stamford Bridge then Lampard will have a host of issues to deal with immediately.
Sportsmail outlines what will be in Lampard’s in-tray if he is named as Chelsea boss.
Frank Lampard must address a host of issues if he is appointed as Chelsea manager
1) Get Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a new deal
The teen star is out of contract this time next year. Lampard’s assistant Jody Morris knows him well, having managed him in the Under-18 team, and they will want to tie him down.
Lampard will want to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has a year left on his contract
2) Deal with the transfer ban
Chelsea have effectively accepted FIFA’s ban. They already have Christian Pulisic, signed last January and youngsters returning from loans, such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori can fill the gap.
Chelsea, who signed Christian Pulisic in January, have effectively accepted FIFA’s ban
3) Sort out the other returning loanees
Chelsea have scores of other players returning from loan and Lampard must decide on their futures. Which youngsters can play? And what to do with Victor Moses, Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko, frozen out by Maurizio Sarri?
Lampard must decide what to do with Chelsea’s returning loanees like Tiemoue Bakayoko
4) Decide on the futures of two key stars
The contracts of 31-year-old Pedro and 30-year-old Willian both end in 2020 but David Luiz recently got a two-year deal, despite being 32. So they will presumably want similar.
Experienced wingers Pedro and Willian both have a year left on their current deals
5) Appoint a backroom team
Gianfranco Zola is likely to go and Morris will come in. Didier Drogba could feature. In an ideal world, Chelsea would like England assistant Steve Holland but he would doubtless expect to be No1 when he makes his next move.
Jody Morris (left), another former Chelsea player, is set to be part of Lampard’s coaching staff
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