Derby County owner Mel Morris says it is inevitable that Rams boss Frank Lampard will be linked with the Chelsea job amid constant speculation Blues manager Maurizio Sarri faces the sack.
Lampard, 40, played 649 games during 13 years at Stamford Bridge and has taken Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a boss.
“Is anyone surprised that lots of people would be interested in him given what he has achieved this season?
Chelsea face Arsenal in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan on Wednesday, while Derby meet Aston Villa two days before in the promotion play-offs at Wembley.
Glen Johnson wants Frank Lampard to become the next Chelsea manager
“Right now, Chelsea have got a massive game coming up next week, weve got a massive game coming up and I can guarantee that no one wants any focus on anything other than those two games,” Morris added.
“For Frank he should view it as a compliment that he is being connected with that opportunity, but he always will be.”
Derby County manager Frank Lampard would be a “great” choice to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea next season, according to Glen Johnson.
The Blues legend has enjoyed a successful first year in management at Pride Park, guiding the Rams to a Championship play-off final against Aston Villa.
Lampard has been linked with a return to Chelsea as a result, as rumours linking current head coach Sarri with a summer exit continue to swirl .
The Italian tactician has had a mixed first year at the Bridge, having been drafted in to replace Antonio Conte at the helm in 2018.
The Blues secured a top-three Premier League finish and reached the Carabao Cup final, but ultimately lost to Manchester City after a tense penalty shoot-out.
Sarris side will have a second chance to pick up some silverware in the Europa League final, with an all-English tie against Arsenal scheduled on May 29.
Johnson, who played for Chelsea between 2003 and 2007, feels Sarris fate beyond the end of the campaign has already been decided, regardless of the final result in Baku.
He told Talk Sport : “I do think the club have made their mind up already. Sarri hasnt done a bad job, I just think there are a few personalities that are clashing at Chelsea.
But I dont think its about the results, its just the way theyre getting the results.
Johnson went on to suggest that Lampard would be the ideal man to take up managerial duties at Chelsea , given his illustrious history with the club.
The former England international spent 13 years at the Bridge as a player, scoring 211 goals in 648 games from midfield.
Lampard won 11 major trophies in total, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
I think Lampard will definitely be Chelsea manager one day, and it might be sooner than I anticipated, Johnson added.
Could he do the job? Now might be slightly too early and Im sure Lamps would probably agree with that, but I definitely think hell be capable of being successful as the Chelsea manager.
He is Mr Chelsea, he cares about the club and he would be interested in the youth teams and be the link between all the age groups and get the club back on its feet.”