Darren Bent has warned Frank Lampard against taking the Chelsea job, saying it's too early for his young managerial career, and that Chelsea is 'unforgiving'.
The former England international, who also played with Lampard, feels the midfielder needs more time to grow his young career, and that it will be too early to make the leap.
The former Chelsea star has been touted as a possible replacement for coach Maurizio Sarri, who is rumoured to be on his way out, with Juventus thought to be in line for his services.
“Frank has done a fantastic job, especially the way he’s kept them believing when it looked like they were going to fall short towards the end of the season," he told The Mirror.
“But you are talking about a different animal at Chelsea – the step up is massive. We’ve seen a lot of managers, who have been around a lot longer than Frank has, go there and fail. And we know it’s not a forgiving club, patience wears thin pretty quickly," he added.
Lampard is one match away from helping his Derby side gain promotion to the Premier League, and many, including generals at Stamford Bridge, have been impressed by his work within such a short period.
The club is said to be interested in bringing some of their past stalwarts to the club, saying they would offer valuable experience across all areas.
Already, Petr Cech is set to join the club's backroom, with the likes of Didier Drogba also said to be headed back to the Bridge.