“My Job Is Here” Derby Manager Frank Lampard Cools Rising Chelsea Speculation
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has distanced himself from the managerial job at Stamford Bridge, with current incumbent Maurizio Sarri coming under fire after a damaging 6-0 defeat to Man City. Lampard has been installed as the favourite to replace Sarri by some bookmakers but the former midfielder was quick to put a dampener on those links.
He said: “Bookmakers are not always right for starters! I will never get excited about that. It is certainly a club I respect and a manager that I respect so it wouldn't make me smile or anything different because my job is here.
"I am working very hard and my whole thoughts are with Ipswich Town away on Wednesday, and travelling down to Brighton in the FA Cup at the weekend.
"I obviously follow Chelsea, have huge respect for them, and I hope to see them, put some form together and turn those results around."
Lampard, who made over 400 appearances for Chelsea as a player, also went on to give his view of his current situation at his former club.
"With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years a player there obviously, you have a feeling for it and it is not easy. It is not nice, and it doesn't happen to Chelsea much so when it does, it is a shock. But let us get it right.
"They are going up against an incredible team. I had some time at Manchester City as well so I have some feelings for them.
"The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special, so they came up against a great team.
"For Chelsea, it was a tough day. I don't have to stay that too much because the people that are living it now - the players, the staff, the fans who travel and follow the team - will be feeling it.
"With all top teams, the important thing is that you come back strong - no matter what type of defeat. It is what makes top teams, resilience, and Chelsea as a club will have it."
Other names in the frame for the job are Gianfranco Zola, Jose Mourinho, Laurent Blanc and of course, Jose Mourinho who could potentially return for his third spell at the club.
Frank Lampard reacts to reports linking him to becoming the next Chelsea manager.