Former Blues boss Frank Lampard aiming for managerial comeback

Blues legend Frank Lampard opens up about his desire to return to football management and provides insights on his eagerness to rewrite past challenges

Frank Lampard: Aiming for comeback
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Chelsea icon Frank Lampard has hinted that he plans on making a swift return to football management and he is determined to overcome past challenges. Despite setbacks during the entirety of his managerial journey to date, Lampard expressed enthusiasm on dealing with the pressure of the top job.

His last managerial venture was with Chelsea as he was brought in as the interim boss, following the sacking of Graham Potter last year, for the remainder of the 2022-23 season, but, he failed to turn the tide in Blues’ favor, as performances continued to plummet as the season progressed. With just one win in 11 matches in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, he was relieved of his duties.

Mauricio Pochettino was handed the permanent deal, however, the Argentine manager has struggled to resurge Chelsea among the elites of the Premier League.

Speaking to talkSPORT on his aspirations to return as a manager in future, Lampard told:

"I’m enjoying being with the family and looking to get back at some point. I don't know at the minute [when will be the return], that's a part of the job and the life isn't it?"

"Hopefully something comes up that feels the right thing for me, I'm keen to get working again but as I reiterate, I am enjoying the [family life]."

"It's an intense job so when you're out of it, it's nice to appreciate being around all my children, my young children particularly and spending more time with those."

The 45-year-old was asked if he regrets the outcome of his previous tenures, Lampard admitted he is aware of the demanding nature of the occupation.

He ended by saying:

"No, not at all. You love the job, you understand the rigors of it in the modern day, we see it so much."

"I've enjoyed all the clubs I've worked with, they've all been big challenges obviously for different reasons. I enjoy trying to work with players, improve players, improve teams, so let's see what comes."

Lampard made a promising start to his managerial career with Derby County, the club he helped to advance to the Championship play-off final in 2019, ultimately succumbing to Aston Villa.

Chelsea secured his services in the following summer and he managed a terrific campaign for the Blues, amidst the transfer ban and without the departed Eden Hazard, working mostly with academy graduates like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, and Fikayo Tomori, achieving a top-four finish.

He was, however, dismissed 18 months into his contract.

A year later, Lampard took charge of the relegation-threatened Everton and he guided them to safety, with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season.

He was sacked by the Toffees just a year since his appointment, before returning to London at Chelsea.

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