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Frank Lampard was appointed as Chelsea manager on August 4th, and it’s been over a week since the Chelsea legend was appointed to take charge of the West London club.
Lampard is rated as one of the greatest ever Chelsea players and one of the key men during Jose Mourinho’s reign at Chelsea, and the pair won two Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup during their time together at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard became a manager for the first time last season when he took charge of Derby County and his side even defeated Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the League Cup.
Mourinho has refused to show support to the new Chelsea manager over his appointment and declined to back his former player to be a good manager at Chelsea.
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.”
Asked if he is hungry to return to management, Mourinho replied: “I am but I will wait for the right club, for the right project.
“And, in the meantime, I am doing things I like to do. I prefer to work, but I like other sports and this is a good opportunity to enjoy.”
Lampard is currently with the team in Ireland in pre-season and has played two pre-season games so far, playing a 1-1 draw with Bohemians and beating St Patrick’s 4-0.
Meanwhile, during his unveiling as Chelsea boss, Lampard refused to copy Jose Mourinho and give himself a nickname.
Back in 2004, Mourinho joined the Blues from Porto to replace Claudio Ranieri and he called himself “special one” during his unveiling as Chelsea boss.
“I’m not going to ask for a name. Self-proclaimed nicknames are not my style,” Lampard said.
Lampard played under the likes of Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink and Rafa Benitez during his playing days as a Chelsea player but he insisted he would not speak to any of them for advice.
“No I haven’t spoken to any of them (his former Chelsea managers) and as it stands I don’t plan to call them,” Lampard added.
“As I mentioned before I try and take bits from them throughout my career and that’s how I’ve tried to become my own person.
“If I felt the need to pick up the phone there are many numbers I could call but as it stands no.”