Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has declared he would never manage Tottenham, following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager of their London rivals.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has returned to the Premier League with the North London side following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino earlier this week, where he will be seeking to become the first manager in history to win major silverware at three different English clubs.
Mourinho previously spent two spells at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, and previously claimed whilst at Chelsea that he would never manage Spurs before opting to return to management at their London rivals.
When asked if he would consider a similar switch in the future, Lampard was emphatic in his answer with the Chelsea boss acknowledging his links to his current club would make a move to Spurs impossible.
“I can firmly say no… and you can replay that in 10 years!” he laughed.
“He (Mourinho) didn’t see himself at Tottenham at the time, but you have to respect his right to work.
“I played here for 13 years then went to Manchester City at the end of my career. I am very proud to manage this club. I have a lot of respect for this club, for what they’ve given me as a player and now, hence why I’ll say I wouldn’t manage Tottenham. I have friends who are Tottenham fans but it is certainly something that’s not on my list.”
Lampard previously played under Mourinho at Chelsea and revealed he congratulated the 56-year-old on his new role, with the Chelsea boss admitting that Spurs will be a serious threat in the race for a top four finish following Mourinho’s arrival at the club.
“We had a couple of messages to congratulate him on his new role. I think history and results speak for themselves. He has done that consistently. It’s what we measure him and us as managers.
“He’s got a good team. They were a lot of people’s favourites to be in the title race. They’re now in what I think is a slightly false position, for whatever reason, but they have the players, the manager, and the structure is there – the stadium and the training ground. They’ll be a threat, without a doubt. They are in the top-four race.”
Chelsea return to Premier League action this week with a huge trip to face Manchester City at the Etihad. Lampard’s side currently sit third in the division following a run of six consecutive wins, with Saturday’s opponents just one point and one place further behind.