Frank Lampard reveals that he has turned down ‘flattering’ offers to return to management amid interest from the FA over the England U21 job as he speaks out for the first time since being fired by Chelsea.
- Frank Lampard has had ‘flattering opportunities’ to return to management
- The former midfielder has been linked to England’s under-21 position
- Lampard spoke for the first time since leaving Chelsea on January 25
- The 42-year-old was only too happy to emphasize that he ‘really wants to go back to work’
Frank Lampard has revealed that he has turned down ‘flattering opportunities’ to return to management since his resignation from beloved club Chelsea.
Lampard spoke for the first time since leaving the Blues on Jan. 25 after Roman Abramovich ruthlessly fired the club legend following a slump in form.
The 42-year-old has been linked to England’s under-21 track after the squad was knocked out of the European Championship in the group stage – with Aidy Boothroyd once again being criticized for the toothless displays.
Frank Lampard has revealed that he has declined flattering offers to return to management
The former midfielder added that the opportunities he has received so far “ weren’t quite right. ”
I spoke at an exclusive Q&A hosted by the London Football Awards on behalf of the Willow Foundation, the charity that enables critically ill young adults to experience unforgettable moments, Lampard said: “Football has taken over my life, first as a player and then as a manager.
‘Nobody wants to lose their job. But when you go into this career, it can happen no matter how good you think you are. It has given me a lot more time to be home. It was great to be around the family.
“ I’ve had some opportunities over the past six weeks, two months that have been flattering, but not the good thing. They weren’t quite right. ‘
The ex-midfielder spoke for the first time since leaving Chelsea in January
But Lampard added that he is ‘very eager’ to return to work in football.
He said, “It would be something I would really like to do at the right time and place. My eyes are always on it. I always watch football and try to get better. I will try to find the right time and opportunity. I really want to get back to work.
‘I try. Like I said, how much it consumes you when you’re in it is a big deal. You can’t take away your love for the game. I like to stay involved. ‘
England has an exciting crop of youngsters emerging and many feel that Boothroyd is not the ideal option to manage them.
The FA will consider Lampard an option as they want to appoint a new head coach for the Under-21s, with Boothroyd’s contract ending soon.
Lampard will be seen by the FA as an option to take charge of the England Under-21
Lampard, a more modern coach, could be a useful option to accelerate the development of the country’s best prospects.
Lampard added that he is grateful to have had the opportunity to lead Chelsea and stated that he greatly missed the club’s supporters and the impact they could have on the team.
He said, “I absolutely appreciate the opportunity I got to manage Chelsea. It was an incredible time. Everyone knows how I felt at the club. From the reboot to when I left, to have no fans … I absolutely missed them.
‘As a player I knew what it meant to me and I knew what effect it had on games. It all felt like the edge had been removed. When I read the headline that fans are back, it’s so exciting. Yes, I can’t wait for that. ‘
Club legend Lampard was appointed Chelsea manager in July 2019, winning 44 of his 84 games, 17 draws and 23 losses.
Lampard was keen to emphasize that he wants to return to management as soon as possible
Chelsea reached the FA Cup final last season led by Lampard, but were defeated by Arsenal at Wembley. The likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham got plenty of opportunities from Lampard, with the former now shining under Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues struggled for consistency under Lampard in the first half of this season, despite bringing in a host of new players, including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Tuchel eventually replaced Lampard at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea currently fifth in the league table.
Lampard, who retired from playing in 2017, started his management career with Derby County and took the Rams to the Championship play-off final in 2019, where they lost to Aston Villa.
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