Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard is the second English manager to lead a team into two Champions League seasons after Sir Bobby Robson and he has no regrets about taking the job.
According to Lampard, he believes in being differently judges in comparison to other big six managers because he is English. He also revealed people close to him questioned his decision to take the job at Stamford Bridge.
After a season of being head-coach at Derby County, Chelsea hired Lampard to lead the team in 2019. With a transfer ban hanging over the club, Lampard placed his faith in the academy and provided a pathway to the first-team for players such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Consequently, Lampard’s trust in the academy players was rewarded. The Blues qualified for the Champions League and reached the FA Cup final.
Among the top six managers, Lampard is the only English manager which brings its own pressure and expectations. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Krasnodar, the coach was asked if he felt he is judged differently from the other managers.
He responded, “I think possibly, yes. When I got this job, a lot of people were questioning me. A lot of people told me ‘are you sure you want to take it’? because of maybe opinion. And I think when sometimes people can be very quick to form opinions straight away, for whatever reason. Being a young English manager with one year at Derby some of that I understood”.
“But at the same time, I think sometimes we just have to judge people on face value. Like we do judge any manager. It doesn’t matter where you’re from. I think all managers should be judged the same”.
“I was pretty proud of what we managed to achieve last season in terms of coming in the top four. In fact, I thought we could have actually done even better than that for different reasons. But I was happy with that”.
“I cant get swung on opinion though. Because if you do that, managing a Premier League team if you look at opinion and read and listen to everything, it will affect you every day”.
“So I just have to do the job as well as I can. And hopefully, the opinions will speak for themselves. I’m certainly very pleased I took the job. Am proud to manage this club every day”.