Frank Lampard knew right away that he had lost his job as Chelsea’s manager
when he woke up to a text from the chairman. It asked him to shift the training
and meet management in the boardroom. The former Chelsea player stated that
once the decision is made, there is no nice way to handle it. Nonetheless, the
process was quite cordial, and Lampard knew it was coming. While he might not
have felt that way at the time of sacking, he is thankful for his period as
Chelsea’s manager.

Notably, Lampard led the London club to the FA Cup final and secured a
Champions League spot, after he took over the position from Italian coach
Maurizio Sarri for a three-year contract. However, the team had won one match
in their last five games and was ninth in the table during his departure.

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Speaking of his joining, Lampard said the period felt like a transition
at least, and a rebuild at most, considering the club’s expectations. The
Stamford Bridge club is notorious for replacing managers on short notice and
Lampard acknowledged this, saying that one’s time comes to an end at the club unless
they win back-to-back titles, which he could not do. After 18 months, he was replaced by current Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel.

However, during his short stay with the boys in blue, Lampard managed to
make his mark. Since there was a transfer ban when he joined, the former
midfielder extraordinaire had to promote academy graduates. This has given Chelsea
players like Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori. Despite things not working out
between Lampard and the club, he has iterated that upper management always
extended support to his decisions as coach. This includes the major move of replacing
struggling Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, with Willy Caballero.

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Currently, Lampard has stated that he is fortunate to be in a place
where he wants to work but is not desperate for it. Hence, he is waiting for
the right opportunity to take on a managerial role again.