Frank Lampard speaks about managerial ambitions
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has spoken about his future aims in terms of management and while he’s doing well as a pundit at the minute for BT Sport, he eventually wants to follow his fellow former professionals in going from player to manager – and is doing all the qualifications he needs to ensure that happens.
He said to Standard Sport: “My A Licence will be finished in the spring, in the next few months or so. That gives me the opportunity to work. The Pro Licence will start in the summer — that is what you need to manage in the Champions League and will take a year.
“I could get a job before that but I wouldn’t be able to take charge of a club in European competition. If the right opportunity comes up then I’ll take a view on it.
“I had conversations with Dave Jones, who is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the role and it went as far as that. They were just conversations but there is no truth in the current link.”
Lampard’s former club Chelsea could well be looking for a new manager come the summer, with the focus on Antonio Conte’s lack of success this season now more prominent than ever.
Not only has the manager been under pressure for their failure to defend their title, but there have also been questions about Chelsea getting into the top four and after losing to Manchester United and former boss Jose Mourinho – and with Man City up next, they could well be looking at slipping out the top four.
Conte has now also been questioned by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who thinks that the Italian made the wrong choice subbing off Eden Hazard on the weekend against Man United.