Retired former England cricketer Darren Gough has said that he would prefer if Frank Lampard ends up managing Leeds United next season rather than Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa performed decently during his first season at Elland Road. For much of the season, the club looked certain to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League but a late season slump saw them eventually qualify for the promotion playoffs and they lost their semi-final tie against Derby County.

Lampard’s future at Derby is also the subject of speculation. He performed impressively at the helm of the Rams this season, guiding them to the final of the Championship promotion playoff which they ultimately lost against Aston Villa on Monday.

Lampard has been linked with a sensational move to manage Chelsea. Current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to leave the club after the Europa League final against Arsenal and he has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus.

It is perhaps a bit premature for Lampard to be moving to a club such as Chelsea. Due to his managerial inexperience, there is every chance that such a move could end up going wrong, especially when you consider that Chelsea do not have a good reputation in terms of having patience with managers.

Lampard should ideally stay for at least another one to two seasons in the Championship before taking up a role managing a Premier League club.

Should he leave Derby, Leeds will be a good option. The Whites narrowly missed out on promotion this season and have all the resources available to win promotion to the top-flight. There is no doubt that they will be targeting nothing less than automatic promotion next season.

“Well if you asked me it’s Lampard, even though Bielsa is an absolute footballing genius, I totally get that, why it’s gone into meltdown (fans being happy he is staying),” said Gough on talkSPORT (Tuesday, May 28th, 17:36).

“If you’re asking me, because I’ve got that kind of…I like Lampard a lot and he is a wonderful ambassador for football.”


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