Chelsea legend surprised Lampard became a coach

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard had a glittering playing career, and after a successful playing career, he ventured into coaching.

Lampard started out with Championship side Derby County, and after a fairly successful season, he was appointed as Chelsea manager.

Lampard’s former teammate at Chelsea, Michael Essien, has revealed his surprise that Lampard ventured into management. Essien believes Lampard knows the game enough to be a good manager, but wasn’t too sure of his shy personality.

“I know Frank very well, and mentally he’s a very strong person,” Essien told Ladbrokes.

“I’d love to see him back in a dugout again as soon as possible, but I have to say it did take me by surprise when he stepped into management.

“Working with him and playing alongside him for so many years, and spending time with him in the dressing room, I didn’t know he was thinking of becoming a manager. He’s quite a quiet person, very friendly but quiet. So it took me by surprise, but then again his understanding of the game is second to none.

“Coaching is totally different from being a player. To do it, you have to really love everything about the game and put 110% into it, and it’s what the likes of Lampard have been doing.

“He know the game inside out and it’s such a great achievement for him to have managed a club like Chelsea so early into his managerial career.”

Lampard lasted only 18 months in charge of Chelsea and is now being linked with a return to management. Crystal has been touted as a possible destination.

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