‘He would do a fine job at Chelsea’ – Kevin Phillips and Alan Smith hail possible Frank Lampard replacement Ralph Hasenhuttl

Kevin Phillips and Alan Smith hailed Chelsea managerial target Ralph Hasenhuttl (Picture: YouTube)

Former stars Kevin Phillips and Alan Smith have hailed Chelsea managerial target Ralph Hasenhuttl and say he would do a ‘fine’ job at Stamford Bridge if he was to replace the under-fire Frank Lampard.

Neither Phillips or Smith want Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to pull the plug on Lampard but he is under immense scrutiny after his team lost five of their last eight games.

Chelsea were regarded as title contenders after going top in December but the Blues have since slipped to eighth, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.

With Lampard’s side enduring a dismal run, Chelsea are believed to be drawing up a list of managers who could replace the club legend, with Southampton’s Hasenhuttl a potential target.

Asked about Chelsea’s interest in Hasenhuttl, former Arsenal and England star Smith told Stadium Astro: ‘Well I don’t want to see Frank Lampard out of a job, I think he deserves time.

‘But there’s no question that if Ralph was to get that job, he wouldn’t be out of his depth. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has been earmarked as Frank Lampard’s replacement (Picture: Getty)

‘He would be invigorated by coaching better players I think. He’s got a bit of the Jurgen Klopp about him. That would be interesting.’

Ex-Sunderland and England striker Phillips added: ‘I wouldn’t like to see Frank lose his job but I understand football is football and this is a results business.

‘When you spend that sort of money you’re going to come under pressure if you’re not winning matches, it’s as simple as that.

‘Ralph would do a fine job at Chelsea but I want to see Frank given the chance for sure. Ralph could certainly manage any team in the Premier League.’

Lampard, meanwhile, insists he ignores any speculation over his future as he fights to save his job in west London.

‘I don’t listen to it,’ said Lampard. ‘It’s only everywhere if you want to scroll through social media or something, but I don’t do that.

‘I’m not stupid, I know the pressures that come with managing a top football club, but I just do my job, it doesn’t matter to me.

‘The pressure is fine, you’re obviously happier when you’re winning games. I was obviously happier in October and November than now. I just have to get on with the job.’

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