Chelsea has been encouraged by Sunderland’s legend Kevin Phillips to suggest Southampton’s chairman, Ralph Hasenhuttl, as a substitute for Frank Lampard.
The Blues dropped down to eighth in the Premier League following a poor run of form, bringing pressure on their new manager.
Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who has had a spell with Saints, told Stadium Astro that the Austrian had the potential to thrive at Stamford Bridge.
“I think he’s almost got that (Jurgen) Klopp appearance about him, that authority,” he said. “He’s a big guy, he’s very intelligent, he knows the game inside out.
“The big thing for the club is, can they keep hold of him? The biggest problem is keeping hold of their manager.
“He’s doing a really good job down on the south coast. I wouldn’t like to see Frank lose his job, I don’t like to see any manager lose their job but I understand football’s football and it’s a results business.
“No bigger so than Chelsea – when you’ve spent that kind of money you’re going to come under pressure to win football matches, it’s as simple as that.
“Hasenhuttl – his time will come. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing. Hasenhuttl at Chelsea would do a fine job, but I want to see Frank given a chance for sure.
“He could certainly manage any of the big teams in the Premier League – it just depends what kind of ambition he has.”