Leeds United ex-player Rio Ferdinand has risked upsetting some of the Whites faithful by suggesting that Frank Lampard of Derby County handled the so-called Spygate situation with Marcelo Bielsa "very well", as quoted by the Daily Star.
Earlier last season, the two Championship promotion rivals were involved in an off-the-field war of words as it emerged that the Leeds coach had dispatched a club employee to observe a Rams training session ahead of their league encounter in January.
At the time, Lampard criticised Bielsa's actions and explanation that he had been implementing this approach at previous clubs, telling reporters: "On a sportsman's level, it's bad. If we are going to talk about culturally and say 'I did it somewhere else and it's fine', I don't believe that." (Goal.com)
Although the incident was largely forgotten within the clubs' ranks in the coming months, some animosity remained between the two sets of fans, who contested one of the two Championship playoff semi-final ties in May.
Lampard is now being linked with the Chelsea job amid speculation linking Maurizio Sarri to the Juventus job, and Ferdinand, his former England teammate, described him as "the perfect choice" to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, a club at which he holds legend status as a player.
"I think he has done a good job," the BT Sport pundit is quoted by the Daily Star as saying. "He has lowered the playing age at Derby - his remit before the season would have been around that.
"He hit all the nails on the head in that regard. But more than that the way Frank has conducted himself has been exemplary, especially in the situation with the Leeds manager, he handled that very well... he is the perfect choice (for Chelsea)."
Here is what some of the Elland Road supporters on Twitter made of their former player's comments on the matter:
He handled it like a child, chucking his toys out of the pram!— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) June 11, 2019
Rios definitely fishing— Simon Brown (@SimonBrown92) June 12, 2019
Rio on the fish here.......— steve archer (@sarcher59425351) June 12, 2019
Let Frank go to Chelsea it will be good to see them do as well as Derby 6th in PL will be the highest Chelsea will ever get with Frank on board— tony cookson (@topcatfish) June 12, 2019
Think Rio confused the word exemplary with excrement here.— Morphoolu (@Morphoolu) June 12, 2019
Lampard behaved like a wimp over ‘spygate’. I really hope he becomes Chelsea manager, it has disaster written all over it.— Jan Newell (@JanNewell6) June 12, 2019
— Malcolm (@NoCarsInSarnia) June 12, 2019
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