To Chelsea fans, Frank Lampard is a god among men. During his thirteen years at the club, he turned from a rookie into a legend on his way to becoming their all-time leading goalscorer. He even went to Manchester City for awhile and Blues fans still worship the ground he walks on.
Now, as the former England international’s career begins to wind down in the MLS, the 38-year-old is looking towards his future in coaching – and one day becoming manager at Stamford Bridge.
It’s something that supporters talk about constantly when a veteran player is nearing the end of their playing career. Everyone wants the chance to keep cheering their favourites on from the sidelines, and what better way to transition off the pitch than into management?
As reported by Metro, Lampard recently revealed in an interview with Soccer AM that his dream is to one day become manager of the club at which he spent so many happy years.
If I was good enough, if they wanted me and it was the right time.
As a Chelsea man or not, the job is one of the pinnacles of football, they are one of the top clubs in the world now. And I’m a Chelsea man. I wouldn’t have to move house!
It’s not hard to imagine the scenario in the near future. A manager fails to live up to the high expectations at the West London side and they desperately search for a replacement to get the fans back on board – enter Frank Lampard.
He doesn’t need to worry about getting the job. Chelsea could have the king of all candidates lined up and all Lamps needs to do is walk in, remove his sunglasses in a bad ass manner and utter the words “I’m back”.
“It might be a different route for me and might take a while but the dream would be to manage Chelsea one day.”
“As soon as I finish I would like to take it up and maybe be a manager. It’s hard as I only want the Chelsea job!”
Whether or not he would succeed as manager is a different story entirely. If he works his way up and starts off with lower league sides, he would certainly build up a good resume of experience, meanwhile, if he walks straight into his dream job it could be a recipe for disaster. If you need an example, you only have to look towards Alan Shearer.
What’s more interesting is questioning who he would have as his backroom staff. Just think of the possibilities. John Terry as assistant manager berating the back four at every opportunity, Michael Essien as the injury-prone physio and Eidur Gudjohnsen as the attacking coach. The underdog story writes itself, folks.