The Blues boss admits his stellar playing career at Stamford Bridge earned him one of the biggest jobs in the game ahead of time. But he insists he fully deserves the chance after his services on the pitch.
Roman Abramovich has given Lampard his full backing – splashing out more than £200million to turn Chelsea into Premier League title contenders. But that money comes with an expectation to succeed, with the famously demanding owner ruthlessly axing a succession of world class managers.
Lampard witnessed that during his playing days winning every major honour. And he has revealed how he would react if the call came.
“The lucky thing for me, without trying to sound too comfortable, is my football career put me in a decent position,” he said. “So, if that job is taken away from me, as long as I go in with every minute thinking, ‘Can I do the best job?’ I genuinely think if it got taken away from me, you get the sack, you can’t get another job – if I’ve done the best as I can, I will be pretty happy.
“I’ll be disappointed and look back at the million things I could have done better, but as it stands now, what’s in front of me, I’m thinking about our next game.”
Lampard is fully aware of the advantage being a club legend has given him.
“Not many people get a job at Chelsea after one year at Derby,” he added. “It’s clear playing 13 years at the club helped me get the job, but also in my own way I think I deserve it for the years I put in as a player and I’ve taken things on board and I know the club and I’m going to absolutely do my best to do well so I think in that situation I understand the pitfalls.
“I had to put my ego at the door a bit and say I might ruin what might have been achieved in 13 years to a degree because if it doesn’t go well I will be judged harshly and very quickly.”
Lampard doesn’t see himself following in the footsteps of a Roy Hodgson and managing into his 70s.
In an interview with Eddie Hearn’s ‘No Passion, No Point’ podcast, he said: “If, hopefully, I have a successful career I will sit down and I will go back on those memories and they will become a bit more vivid. And I will sit down with my family and be a bit more fun where as now I’m not so much fun because I’m consumed in my job.
“Because I don’t want that to be an absolute lifer. I think there will be a shelf life because it is a very high-pressured job that I’m in, but at the minute I feed off it, I love it.
“What I do know with my job, the sacrifices you make for family and for your kids growing up is something that I see, maybe not in my 50s, but towards the 60s – I’d love to make it that far, God willing for all of us – I would love to maybe come off it a bit.”
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