Talks got more and more progressive between the former Chelsea man and his former employers and have today been concluded, with the result being that Lampard is now the new Chelsea Manager.
"The players will respect him, but patience will be the key because Chelsea are a hiring and firing club, no matter what you say". He was anointed as the club's manager on July 4th, 2019.
"Super Frank" is widely considered one of the greatest players in Chelsea's 114-year history, as well as one of the best midfielders of his generation.
Brazilian winger Kenedy, centre-back Kurt Zouma and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko also joined Lampard in Ireland after spending last season on loan at Newcastle United, Everton and AC Milan respectively. "There is no use me sitting here and saying I'm going to play all the young players".
Lampard won 106 England caps after making his global debut in 1999 and went on to score 29 goals for the Three Lions.
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A new focus on youth?
"I think that does come from the top".
However, the Italian endured a frosty relationship with the club's fans due to his rigid style of play and reluctance to field some of Chelsea's promising young players.
"Everybody will have the opportunity to show what they can do", Lampard said. I want them to promote that. "Can you get in the team?" During his time as Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has gone through his fair share of managers.
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Is it disrespectful to question whether Frank is making the right decision by taking this job so early in his managerial career? He will start with a billion-point credit rating, and a lot will have to go wrong before anyone will think about grumbling.
"It just doesn't look like it is on the cards", he suggested prior to this morning's confirmation. When it doesn't work out the dirty deed has to be done and for a while at least the legend is tarnished.