Frank Lampard has opened up on his Chelsea sacking and has discussed his desire to return to management again.
Lampard was dismissed from his position as Chelsea manager in January following a disappointing run of form, the west Londoners struggling to show signs of progress despite a lavish summer spend of more than £220m.
The club’s all-time record goalscorer had returned to Stamford Bridge in 2018 after just a single season of managerial experience at Derby, guiding Chelsea into the top four and FA Cup final during an encouraging debut season that included a transfer ban.
Chelsea’s inability to push on ultimately saw the axe fall on the 42-year-old however, though owner Roman Abramovich made an exception to his usual lack of comment to thank and praise Lampard upon his sacking, something he hadn’t done with other managerial sackings.
Lampard admits he was appreciative of Abramovich’s rare public comments, though revealed his disappointment at his sacking and how he felt he was able to turn the club’s fortunes around.
“I loved that,” Lampard told his cousin, Jamie Redknapp, in an interview for the Mail. “I could never sit here and say I have anything but appreciation for what he did for my career. I was disappointed because I felt we could change things. I saw games coming up as opportunities to get points.
“Your pride takes a hit. There is no doubt about it. That’s human. But with reflection, I would have been absolutely naive to think it would be any different for myself than it had been for managers in the past.
“History says Chelsea make changes and sometimes they have real success off the back of it. It was never for me to go against their model. I have full appreciation to Roman for the opportunity. I can only look forward.“
Lampard – who has been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant position at Crystal Palace – also opened up on his desire to return to football and says he has become ‘addicted’ to working to improve individuals and squads.
“What I wake up with every day is: ‘I want to work again.’ I love the idea of trying to improve individuals or a squad. I’ve become addicted to that. The minute I stepped into Derby to this minute now, it’s something I feel compelled to do.”
The former England international also discussed the possibility of a return to Chelsea in the future, with many having suggested the position came too soon for a manager of his inexperience.
Lampard admits he does not foresee a second spell at Chelsea at present, but revealed his desire to manager a ‘huge club again’ and deliver success.
“I don’t know and I don’t see that right now. That’s too far down the road, Jamie,” he admitted. “I want to manage a huge club again and I want to manage it to success.
“Everyone knows how I feel about Chelsea and that will never change. But there may be other opportunities along the way, another pathway, so we’ll see.”