Frank Lampard has revealed that he has refused “flattering” offers after being sacked from Chelsea. The Blues fired Lampard following a run of five defeats in eight Premier League games that left the club ninth in the table. Lampard refused flattering offers to wait for the right opportunity to come up.
Lampard has been linked to a number of opportunities to return to the management role since Chelsea dismissed the 42-year-old. Lampard received offers from England Under-21s, as well as roles at Premier League side Crystal Palace and Scottish outfit Celtic after serving the Blues for only 18 months.
Frank was surpassed by former PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, who pushed the club to sixth.
Former Chelsea boss confirmed that he turned down some great offers since January 2021
“I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering but not the right thing,” Lampard said in a question-and-answer session ahead of this month’s London Football Awards in support of Willow Foundation.
“Nobody wants to lose their job and come out of the game you love, but at the same time … when you go into this career, this will happen, no matter how good you think you are or whatever circumstances you are in.”
Lampard’s wife Christine gave birth to his fourth child – the couple’s second – last month, and the former Derby County boss said he hoped to ease back into management.
“It was certainly the time for me to take a step out, having been managing for 2-1/2 years full pelt and having the family situation,” Lampard said.
“The opportunities weren’t quite right but I think about it. It would be something I’m keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.”