John Terry has discussed Frank Lampard’s first campaign in charge of Chelsea and admits he has been left ‘impressed’ by the club’s progress this season.
The west London side appointed club great and record goalscorer Lampard as their new head coach last summer, the 41-year-old having won plaudits for guiding Derby to the Championship play-off final during his first season in senior management.
Lampard has so far enjoyed a positive debut campaign as Blues’ boss, integrating several of the club’s best young talents into the first-team set up and leading Chelsea into the Premier League‘s top four at present.
Chelsea legend Terry has kept a close eye on the club’s progress under his former teammate, and admits he has been left impressed by Lampard’s immediate impact at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s been incredible,” Terry told Frank Khalid. “For me, there was no one better to give Lamps the job. With Jody [Morris] as well, he’s got someone who knows and trusts the younger players and has worked with them at youth team level and U18 level as well. I just think it’s been a superb mix.
“I think the expectation has been excellent because the group that they have had this year has done really, really well.”
Terry – currently assistant manager at divisional rivals Aston Villa – added that he has been impressed by the club’s style of play, and spoke of his delight at seeing Chelsea’s young stars flourish under the guidance of Lampard and his backroom staff.
“I’ve been really impressed with the style of play, the capabilities of the younger players coming through, and that mix with the likes of Cesar [Azpilicueta] and them kind of players, the experienced ones, helping them on the way, giving them support along the way for Franks first season.
“To manage at such a big club like Chelsea as well has been fantastic for him. Like I said before, to have the likes of Jody around him, and [assistant coach] Joe Edwards who [both] know the academy really well and trust in the younger players, there’s been so many positives. I’m really pleased seeing the lads doing so well.”