Frank Lampard’s departure from Chelsea in January 2021 will have done little to dissuade those convinced of his potential as a manager, and not least because he is in good company. A promising first season in management with Derby County was followed by an even more impressive one at Stamford Bridge, where despite a transfer ban and the departure of the influential Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, he inspired a youthful team to secure qualification for the Champions League.
Though there proved an unwillingness to give him the time he required to build upon those achievements, he will also know that the decorated and successful Antonio Conte, José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and more previously ran out of time in west London. “Frank is not just a colleague, he is an important person in my career, so I feel sorry he (got sacked),” Mourinho said of the then-42 year old. “But it is the brutality of football, especially modern football, so when you become a manager you know that sooner or later it is going to happen to you.”