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Frank Lampard was one of Jose Mourinho’s key players at Chelsea and the pair won two Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup during their time together at Stamford Bridge.
After retiring from football, Lampard ventured into management with Derby County before he was appointed early this month as Chelsea manager, following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus.
Despite the success Mourinho enjoyed with Lampard at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese declined the opportunity to send a message of support to Lampard when he was interviewed by Sky Sports.
Asked by Sky Sports if Lampard is the right appointment for Chelsea, Mourinho waved his finger and replied: “I don’t speak about football. My football? I have no football now.”
Mourinho earlier insisted he didn’t want to speak about football but he was back talking about football when he was asked if he is hungry to return to management.
“I am but I will wait for the right club, for the right project,” Mourinho replied.
So why did Mourinho refuse to publicly back Chelsea’s decision to appoint Lampard as boss? We all know he wasn’t going to return as Chelsea boss for a third time so he should have been happy and proud to endorse Lampard, who played under him.
Is Mourinho unhappy Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to give Lampard time to build a team, something he wasn’t afforded during his time as Chelsea boss? If he truly is, that shouldn’t stop our former boss from wishing Lampard success at Chelsea.
Mourinho is an intelligent man and his reluctance to publicly send a message of support to Lampard could be proof he holds a grudge against Lampard.
Since taking over as Chelsea manager, Lampard has managed a draw and a win in pre-season against Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic, respectively.
Meanwhile, Lampard refused to copy Mourinho by giving himself a nickname after being appointed Chelsea manager.
Mourinho called himself the “Special One” after he was appointed as Chelsea boss in 2004.
Addressing the media during his unveiling, Lampard said: “I’m not going to ask for a name. Self-proclaimed nicknames are not my style.”