Chelsea’s newly appointed manager and club legend Frank Lampard believes his return to Stamford bridge is an “opportunity” rather than a “risk”.
The 41-year old, who spent 13 years with the Blues, was confirmed to be Maurizio Sarri’s successor this Thursday, along with a three year contract at the club.
After just one managerial spell with Derby Country, the former England midfielder accepted it was a risk, but is taking it as an opportunity to coach at the top tier.
“I am quite bold. You have to be in football,” Lampard said.
“The minute I stepped into management, what did I want to do? This is no disrespect to Derby, a fantastic club for me. I was ambitious as a player, I wanted to manage at the top.”
“The opportunity to come here, having had my link here, this is an obvious club I would love to manage, simple as that. The minute I started management, the minute I realised this could be the case. This could, if I am fortunate and do OK, I get the job at Chelsea and I risk it. I am willing to risk.”
“I have belief in myself. I’d like to think my playing career is there, it is what it was and I will try to be the best manager I can. I understand the risk but I would rather look at the upside and can I go and do something similar to my playing career, but can I come away with success from my playing career?”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 4, 2019