Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has revealed that he is aiming to manage a Premier League club one day now that he has retired from football
After leaving New York City at the end of 2016, Lampard shortly announced his retirement from professional football back in February last year with the intention of obtaining his coaching qualifications.
The 39 year-old returned to Chelsea to assist the club with their youth ranks, as part of his coaching education. Lampard has also taken part in some media work.
During his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, Lampard became the club’s record goalscorer with 211 goals in 648 appearances. The former midfielder won the Premier League 3 times and even the Champions League with the club back in 2012.
“It’s my dream to manage at the top – I wouldn’t want to go into anything without setting those sights as high as I possibly can,” Lampard told talkSPORT.
“I can’t really answer anything about where it starts, because I don’t know where that is yet, but I’m open to offers. I will take each situation on its merits as it comes.
“There are lots of different routes you can take, Steven Gerrard working with the young lads at Liverpool for instance. Do you step down into the Championship or lower leagues and try and take a job on at that level?
“I’m certainly not scared to get my hands dirty slightly lower down because that’s the reality of it, you have to prove yourself.
“I’m on the verge of completing my UEFA A License and I’m keen to start my Pro License this summer. I’m enjoying it, I’ve clocked up a lot of hours at Chelsea with the youth team and academy. I’ve put together a lot of experience.”
Former stars, such as Sol Campbell, have struggled to get their first opportunities at club management since their retirement, but Lampard intends to take his time with this new journey and enjoy it
He added: “I wouldn’t say I’m ready to go necessarily now – I’m in a good place and I’m enjoying what I’m doing in the media and I’m just keeping my eyes open in terms of what I want to do.
“It helps when you’ve had a long career in the game, but when you start coaching, no matter what level it is, I do think you have to come back to the beginning and start learning the game.
“I’m in that process. I’ve worked hard and now it’s the case of waiting for the right job.
“I’m trying to put together all the information I learned from all my managers. I had a lot, so hopefully I can put that all together and create my own ideas and philosophies for the game and hopefully make it work.”