Lampard on biggest challenge on his career

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Newly appointed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted his new role as Chelsea head coach will be the biggest challenge of his career.

Lampard was announced as Chelsea boss on Thursday after impressing in his first year in management by leading Derby to the Championship play-off final last season.

Asked if his role as Chelsea boss will be the biggest challenge of his career, Lampard said: “Yes.

“My playing career is done – great memories and challenges along the way. I always loved a challenge. Coming here 19 years ago was a challenge.

“I remember driving home with the radio on and some people were questioning whether I should be here for £11m. I worked really hard to try and put that right and now I’m going to work really hard to be successful as a manager here.

“When I started out in management I thought last year was a challenge. I don’t want credit for my playing career; I should be judged on what I do here.”

Lampard also admitted that he understood people would question whether he has enough experience to manage a club of Chelsea’s size.

“I thought about it a lot,” he added. “One year in professional management and you get the Chelsea job – that doesn’t come around very often.

“I played under a lot of fantastic managers, so that stands me in good stead. I’ve had one year at Derby where I learnt a lot and I know about this club; I know how it works.

“But I have to prove that. I’m ready for that. I believe in myself completely and I want to prove I’m ready to manage this club.”

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