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Frank Lampard has revealed that the limitations of his coaching staff contributed to his decision not to contact John Terry about joining his backroom team at Chelsea last season.
Lampard made a shock return as Chelsea boss for the final weeks of the season following the sacking of Graham Potter.
Former Blues captain John Terry recently admitted he would have ‘loved a call’ from Lampard to join his former teammate’s coaching staff.
The pair had achieved success together on the pitch, winning three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and a Champions League in their fourteen seasons together with the Blues.
Lampard told John Obi Mikel’s ‘Obi One” podcast that he had been asked to bring two coaching staff to the club and loyalty to his existing team meant Terry missed a call.
Frank Lampard has revealed limits on his coaching staff, meaning he did not approach John Terry
Terry has admitted he would have ‘loved’ to help Lampard at Chelsea last season
Lampard brought three coaching staff to Chelsea, including Joe Edwards
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“I have the utmost respect for JT at every level, so if the club asks John, it’s not for me to answer,” Lampard said.
“As for me, the club came to me and it happened very quickly. The first time they came to me, I probably had about a day to say yes or no.
‘They wanted me to bring in two employees. Anyone who works in this game knows that when you’re hiring, the big question is who are your employees and how many do you want to take with you.
‘I had previously been at Chelsea, working with my staff at Derby, Chelsea and Everton. I ended up bringing in three when Ashley (Cole) came in to do set pieces for me at Everton.
“The people I was working with were Chris Jones and Joe Edwards, so I had nowhere to go.”
Lampard’s interim spell proved challenging, with Chelsea winning just one of his 11 games in charge.
The 45-year-old saw his side suffer eight defeats at the end of a dismal season for the club.
Terry recently revealed he had applied for the Newcastle job after leaving Aston Villa as assistant coach, a role that eventually went to Eddie Howe.
Ashley Cole, right, had also joined Lampard’s coaching staff after working with him at Everton
Lampard had an ill-fated caretaker who ensured Chelsea won one of their eleven games
He added that he had been turned down for two League One jobs and claimed the owners of both told him they wanted to play as Man City.
Lampard has insisted that Terry should currently be the manager of a team, highlighting his experience of managing Chelsea’s dressing room as captain.
‘I have the utmost respect for John. “He should be the manager of a football club now because of what he has done in his career, not just playing, but the way he managed the people around him, the club,” Lampard said.
“When I moved back, I respected the people I worked with and worked closely with over the years.
‘I would love to work with John. He would have a great influence on players.”