Newly appointed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard doesn’t think that his lack of experience will be a problem following his much-anticipated return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea announced on Thursday morning that their all-time leading goalscorer was to return to the club, taking over from the departed Maurizio Sarri who left the club last month to take over at Juventus.
Shortly after the announcement, Lampard was presented to the media, and he was quickly asked about the pressures he faces as he returns to his former club.
“I’m aware of what a job of this size means; having played here I felt the pressure was high,” he said in his first official press conference as Chelsea head coach.
“Having been a manager for one year I’ve realised on this side of the fence the pressure is much more.
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“Of course when you come to a club like Chelsea – who have expectations, who have standards, who are competitive year in, year out – I can’t hide away from that.
“I’m a realist, I understand what’s wanted from me within the club, and I’ll try to deliver.”
Lampard has been given the Stamford Bridge job despite having just one year of management experience, steering Derby to the Championship playoff final. Despite his lack of experience though, the former midfielder reckons that his experience of working under a number of ‘fantastic managers’ will stand him in good stead.
“I presumed that question would come quite early! I thought about it a lot. One year in professional management and you get the Chelsea job – that doesn’t come around very often,” he added.
“I played under a lot of fantastic managers, so that stands me in good stead. I’ve had one year at Derby where I learnt a lot, and I know about this club; I know how it works. But I have to prove that.
“I’m ready for that. I believe in myself completely and I want to prove I’m ready to manage this club.”
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