'That's hard to say': Lampard makes claim about managing Chelsea straight after 5-0 loss last night
Frank Lampard avoided naming Chelsea as the hardest managerial task of his career immediately after suffering heavily as Everton coach yesterday.
Speaking to the BBC in the wake of his side’s devastating and damming 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Lampard admitted every job he’s taken so far has come with strings attached.
Lampard’s coaching crusade
It’s been quite a journey for the former midfielder since he hung up his playing boots in 2017.
Just a year later, the 43-year-old took over Derby County and got them to the brink of Premier League promotion.
Despite being defeated by Aston Villa in the play-off final, Lampard did manage to return to the promised land, but with another outfit.
He replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2019/20 season, welcomed back home by a transfer embargo.
Relying on a blend of youth and experience, Chelsea’s record goalscorer steered his club to Champions League qualification and an FA Cup final.
The honeymoon period faded a few months into his second term, with the sack coming late in January following a run of poor results that dropped the team down to mid-table.
A few more opportunities fell at his door following the departure from the Blues, but Lampard held out for the ideal role.
Tough one to take for the Toffees
When Rafa Benitez was removed from Goodison Park, the time seemed right to step back into management.
Had he been able to predict last night’s humbling in North London, the ex-England international might’ve thought twice about accepting the Everton vacancy.
The Toffees have won just once on the road in the league since the campaign began.
Even more worryingly, they are a point off the relegation zone, a scenario absolutely nobody saw coming at the start of the term.
Monday’s mauling highlighted the huge mission placed on Lampard’s lap.
However, when asked if it was the toughest task of his dugout days, he remained democratic.
“I don’t know. That’s hard to say, because everything’s relative,” he said.
“Managing in the Championship, people want you to get up and you’re fighting a long season.
“I’ve managed at Chelsea where expectations every year were to be in the top two or top four and the reality was a lot different to what I saw on the inside.
“So, the things you saw on the inside were different to what gets seen on the outside.”
Lampard’s loss did turn out to be Chelsea’s gain.
They replaced him with Thomas Tuchel, who has since turned the entire organisation on its head into a winning machine once again.
If we could sacrifice some of our points though Frank, we definitely would!