Lampard: I Am Bold

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Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard as the new manager of the club as the 41-year-old signed a three-year deal with the club.

The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Lampard will be successful at Stamford Bridge due to his inexperience, coupled with the fact that the Blues don’t have patience with managers.

While a number of ex Chelsea players and managers are backing Lampard to do well, some still believe it’s a huge risk.

Lampard caught the eye in his first season as Derby manager as he almost led the Rams to the Premier League, falling short in the play-off final as they lost to Aston Villa 2-1.

As he showed when he was a player, Lampard has revealed that he’s not scared of the Chelsea job and insisted that he’s bold.

“Maybe I am quite bold but I think you have to be in football,” he said. “Derby was a fantastic club for me but I want to manage at the very top so the opportunity to come here was too good to turn down. I’m willing to risk it because I have belief in myself.

“I’d like to think my playing career is done, it’s what it was, and now I’m going to try to be the best manager I can be. I understand people think it’s a risk but I’d rather look at the upside and see if I can achieve something similar to my playing career, and come away feeling like I’ve had success like I did as a player

“I don’t think the Chelsea job is ever a home run because this is a club where people of great managerial stature would be lining up down the King’s Road to take charge. I don’t know if things have aligned to make it possible for me – maybe it’s not seen as normal that I’m here after one year in management but I’m proud to be here and I will be judged on what I do.”

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