Frank Lampard says he is unconcerned with any risks to his legacy as he takes on the role of Chelsea manager after a playing career that saw him cement his status as a Blues legend.
Fellow legendary figure Petr Cech is already back at the club as a Technical and Performance Advisor, while Joe Cole is working in coaching at the academy level. Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba could be soon coming back alongside the others as Jody Morris comes in as Lampard’s assistant.
The 41-year-old coach admits he is risking his legacy by coming in at Stamford Bridge, a club who are known for their hiring and firing managers quickly, but he says that he is ambitious to win silverware as a manager.
“Maybe it is a risk. I am quite bold. You have to be in football because the minute I stepped into management, what did I want to do? This is no disrespect to Derby, a fantastic club for me, I was ambitious as a player, I wanted to manage at the top,” he said.
“The opportunity to come here, having had my link here, this is an obvious club I would love to manage, simply that. The minute I started management, the minute I realised this could be the case, if I am fortunate and do okay, I get the job at Chelsea and I risk it.
“I am willing to risk. I have belief in myself. I’d like to think my playing career is there, it is what it was and I will try to be the best manager I can. I understand the risk but I would rather look at the upside and can I go and do something similar to my playing career, but can I come away with success from my playing career?”