Frank Lampard reveals ‘flattering’ offers to return to management since Chelsea sacking


Frank Lampard lost his job at Chelsea in January (Picture: Pool/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard has revealed a number of job offers have been made since he left Chelsea, ones he described as ‘flattering and very nice’ but he is still waiting for the right opportunity to arise.

The 42-year-old was dismissed from his role at Stamford Bridge in January and has been linked with a number of jobs since then, including Bournemouth, Celtic and the England Under-21 position.

Lampard has not given details of which clubs, or countries, have approached him, but he has confirmed that he has received multiple offers.

He fully expects to return to management in the near future, with his wife Christine now having given birth to their fourth child, but did not feel any of the offers made so far were quite right.

‘I have [thought about returning to management] and I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six week to two months which have been flattering and very nice but were not the right thing,’ Lampard said at a Q&A organised by the Willow Foundation.

‘It was certainly the time for me to take a step out having been managing for two and a half years full pelt and having the family situation.

‘The opportunities were not quite right but I think about it and it would be something I am very keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.’

Lampard says he is now actively on the look out for his next job and working hard to learn from any mistakes he made at Chelsea and previously at Derby County.

He has looked at the positives of losing his job at Stamford Bridge, enjoying his time with family, but is ready to go again in football.

‘As much as I am resting and recuperating and stepping away from the game, my eyes are always on it,’ he said. ‘Certainly I’m always going over things that have happened in the past two and a half years, looking forward to things that may come.

‘I’m always obviously watching football, trying to learn, trying to get better as we all do in this game. You never stop learning. I will try and find the right time, the right opportunity and I am very keen to get working again.

‘Perspective is a great word because perspective that we all gained, that I gained last year in the first lockdown that came as such a shock to us all changed my life a little bit and my thinking because football is something that has consumed my life firstly as a player and then as a manager.

Lampard is ready to take on the right role after Chelsea disappointment (Picture: Getty Images)

‘That first lockdown [due to the coronavirus last March] was the first moment out of the game where I got time to do things I hadn’t been doing, spending time with the family.

‘Nobody wants to lose their job and come out of the game you love but at the same time, I think and I knew this very well, when you go into this career, this will happen, no matter how good you think you are or whatever circumstances you are in.

‘It gives you a sense of perspective and what’s important. It’s come at a time when we were due a young son. It’s given me a lot more time to be at home. You count your blessing on that front and it’s been great to be around the family.’


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