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Frank Lampard has now finally been appointed as the manager of Chelsea FC after Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus at the end of the season.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge in 2014 having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and, of course, the Champions League.
The legend was the obvious choice for the managerial job and he’s one of the greatest players to have played for Chelsea.
The Blues fans are looking forward to Lampard taking over, and the 41-year-old has an affinity with the club. From his opening speech, we’ve noticed some things the new Chelsea manager said.
1. Lampard isn’t overwhelmed with the Chelsea job
Lampard has only been a manager for just one season as he was in charge of Derby County last season. The 41-year-old is still a newbie as a manager, and many fear that the Chelsea job might just be too big for him.
However, from Lampard’s opening speech, we’ve noticed that the legend isn’t afraid of the task that’s ahead.
The media was asked about his lack of experience and how it could affect Chelsea. Lampard responded: “I would say I thought about it a lot, it is an obvious question and I understand it. I have been one year in management and the Chelsea job doesn’t come around often.
“I think I am not to, I don’t want to go and start saying I am worried about this and that. In my playing career I have learnt from a lot of managers, and that stands me in good stead for now.
“I know a lot about this club and how it works and I have to realise that. I believe in myself. What defines me will be my work ethic.”
2. Lampard is not scared of losing his star man
Chelsea lost a star in Eden Hazard when he left Chelsea for Real Madrid last month. Hazard has been at Stamford Bridge for seven years and was a huge part of Chelsea’s success over the years.
Chelsea lost a star in Hazard who’s being hailed as one of the best players in the world and the Blues can’t even make any signings for two transfer windows.
Lampard has shown that he’s ready to work with the current team and isn’t worried about the loss of Hazard.
Speaking about the departure of Hazard, Lampard said: “I certainly as a Chelsea fan felt that he gave this club such great pleasure, we are thankful he was here. It is not one to dwell on now, he has gone, we wish him well. We lose one great player but you get around that by looking at the team.
“We have young players at a really good age that have the talent, who in their own way can be really huge players for this club. Part of my job will be to get that out of them.”
He also said: “We talk about losing Eden Hazard, one of the greatest players in the world, yes we can understand that, but at the same time we have a very strong squad of players, I don’t want to talk down this squad.
“It is a hugely talented team that managed to come third in the Premier League and win the Europa League.”
3. Lampard still has passion for Chelsea
When Lampard played for Chelsea, one thing he showed was passion. Lampard was passionate during his playing days and he had the club in the centre of his heart.
With the legend returning as manager, that same passion is still burning in him.
Asked to describe his emotions as Chelsea boss, Lampard told Chelsea TV: “They’re big in a good sense, when you feel a club, I think everyone knew that, a lot of players in my era were the same
“That was the kind of things fans relate to, when you have players who really feel and care for the club.
“I was fortunate enough to play alongside some great ones. We know that.
“I still have that feeling, even on this side, and that’s what I want to see in my players, in my team because I think those are the things fans want to see.”
4. Lampard is building a Chelsea core
Lampard isn’t just trying to make Chelsea a successful club, he’s trying to bring back that spirit that was in the club during his playing days. Lampard had as teammates a bunch of Chelsea players who had Chelsea at heart. The likes of John Terry, Petr Cech, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole were all passionate about this club.
Lampard’s coaching crew is one that Chelsea bleeds in their heart. Four former Blue are part of Lampard’s coaching crew, and it only shows just how much Lampard is trying to bring back the Chelsea spirit that brought lots of success during his playing days.
“Jody is coming with me as assistant head coach,” confirmed Lampard. “We have a really close relationship from our playing days and obviously worked together at Derby last season.
“We’re like-minded in how we think about football and there’s huge loyalty between us, which is really important when you work together day-to-day. He’s a fantastic coach and has strong links with the Academy here, where he was very successful.
“Chris Jones was also at Derby with me and worked for many years at Chelsea with a lot of success with different managers so he’ll be back as a coach. Joe Edwards will move up from working with the Under-23s and he’s another person I have a great relationship with and trust how he works on the training ground.
“Eddie Newton will also be working with us on the first-team staff and again I’ve worked with him before. Of course, we won the Champions League along with Robbie Di Matteo, and he brings experience, quality of coaching and continuity to us as a group.
“It’s a very Chelsea-orientated team but I want to emphasise it’s not an old boys club. We’re trying to put together a talented group of staff but there’s a lot of coaching experience among us.”
5. He’s the one to give youth a chance
All Chelsea fans have clamoured for is a manager that will give youth a chance. No Chelsea manager has provided the pathway for the academy players to enter the first team. If there is one man who can give the Chelsea youngsters a chance, it’s Frank Lampard.
Lampard has confirmed in his opening speech that he is willing to create a pathway for the youngsters, although he wants them to work hard.
“The path from the academy to the first team is important,” said Lampard. “It is something that I will work hard to make sure the communication is there day in, day out. I’m lucky because the staff I have with me will help with that.
“I will always have an eye on the academy. I was that young player a very long time ago and the one thing you want is the feeling that the road which divides the academy to the main building is a road you can cross. It has to be there for you.
“And I think that does come from the top. If young players are performing and they deserve it on merit, then they will be coming to train with us.
“But there is a lot of hard work for them to do. I don’t want it to look like an easy road. It is very tough, but I want to try and help them.
“I’m excited because playing here for so many years seeing the work put into the academy and on all fronts, from the top, the investment into it and the desire to see it succeed, on the ground, the coaching staff, the people working in the academy trying to bring players through to the first team.
“And the players themselves, I was fortunate to work with Mason Mount and Tomori at Derby and their attitude stood out well.
“You could see they had come through the academy here in how they held themselves, how they trained, their manners off the pitch. That’s what I want to see. I want to dangle the carrot.
“Can you work hard? Can you compete? Can you get in the team?”