Frank Lampard should succeed Emma Hayes as Chelsea Women’s boss, claims Izzy Christiansen… as she insists the two-time Blues manager is the ‘right type of character’ and ‘knows the club inside out’

  • Legendary Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes will leave the club in the summer
  • Izzy Christiansen has claimed Frank Lampard is the best candidate to replace Hayes
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Former England star Izzy Christiansen has tipped Frank Lampard to replace Emma Hayes as Chelsea Women’s manager next season.

Hayes will leave Stamford Bridge this summer after a highly decorated 12 years in the role, with the 47-year-old set to take over as manager of the USA Women’s team.

Since taking up the role in 2012, Hayes has guided Chelsea to an astonishing 15 trophies, including six WSL titles.

In fact, the Blues have won the league for four consecutive campaigns and are on course for a fifth consecutive season, with Hayes’ side sitting three points ahead of Man City at the top of the table.

Hayes’ replacement is yet to be announced, but Christiansen – who represented Everton, Man City and Lyon during her career and now works as a pundit – felt Lampard could be the perfect replacement.

Izzy Christiansen has named Frank Lampard to replace Emma Hayes as Chelsea Women's manager

Izzy Christiansen has named Frank Lampard to replace Emma Hayes as Chelsea Women’s manager

Hayes will leave Chelsea this summer after a stunning stint taking over the USA women's team

Hayes will leave Chelsea this summer after a stunning stint taking over the USA women’s team

“I do have a name in mind, but I’ve never heard anyone throw it out there,” Christiansen said Live score. ‘(…) Frank Lampard.’

“He is someone who knows the club inside out. From my experiences at Everton, listening to him, he is the right type of character.

“His level of communication and knowledge of the game can be very effective and I think you have someone who is well used to what it means to be Chelsea.”

Lampard has had a mixed managerial career so far, which has included two spells in charge of Chelsea’s men’s team.

After impressing at Derby, he took the Chelsea job for the first time in 2019 and led the Blues to fourth in his first season while fighting a transfer ban.

However, he was sacked in January 2021 with the club ninth in the league amid a breakdown in his relationship with several players and the club’s hierarchy.

Lampard had been in charge of Everton for less than a year at the time and although he guided them to safety in 2021-22, he was sacked the following January with the Toffees in 19th place.

The Blues legend returned to the club last April for an ill-fated 11-game spell as interim boss, replacing Graham Potter, but he won just one game.

Despite his underwhelming record, Christiansen claimed Lampard, who has scored more than 200 goals for the club, can help Chelsea continue their incredible success and insisted the club must keep an open mind when considering Hayes’ substitute decision.

She added: ‘I don’t know if he wants it or not, but it makes sense to me.

Christiansen claimed Lampard would be the right person to build on Hayes' incredible success

Christiansen claimed Lampard would be the right person to build on Hayes’ incredible success

Lampard had two spells with Chelsea's men's team, including an 11-game spell last season

Lampard had two spells with Chelsea’s men’s team, including an 11-game spell last season

‘To be honest, I sit in a party where it doesn’t have to be a woman, it doesn’t have to be a man – it just has to be the right person for the job.

“There’s no advantage in Chelsea saying, ‘Right, let’s throw it in, it’s got to be a female.’

“If they want to continue or try to continue the dominance they’ve had domestically, this has to be the right appointment.”

Chelsea are currently three points clear of Man City at the top of the WSL and they face their title rivals in a crunch clash a week on Friday.