Frank Lampard insists on the fact that he deserved his chance at the post Chelsea after that Raheem Sterling has underlined the difference of opportunities granted to the manager of the Blues and Steven Gerrard compared to some of the coaches are black.
Lampard was keen to stress his admiration for Sterling, which speaks out on racism in football and society in responding to the comments of the winger of Manchester City, and has also added his voice to calls for equal opportunity in coaching and management.
Sterling has talked to Newsnight this month on the lack of Blacks in “positions that I think they should deal with it” and used the experiences from coaching different from four former international English – Lampard, the boss of the Rangers Gerrard, the manager of Southend Sol Campbell and the youth coach of Chelsea Ashley Cole – to emphasize his point.
Frank Lampard believes they have deserved their chance to become manager of Chelsea last summer
Raheem Sterling has reflected on the lack of opportunities offered to coaches, black and old players compared to Lampard and Steven Gerrard, who is now in charge at Rangers
Prior to the visit of Sterling City and Chelsea, the former manager of Derby Lampard said: “These opportunities must be equal for everyone, but inside that, you’ll find details of all of your hard work.
“I definitely worked from the beginning of my career to try to seize this opportunity and there are a million things along the way that strike you, you move backwards, you are fighting against. “
Responding to the comparison of Sterling, Lampard said: “I think Raheem has erred slightly from my point of view. It looked like a comparison very casual. I think that it is very difficult to make this comparison from the outside.
“You can compare me, Steven, Sol Campbell, who has done an amazing job at Macclesfield and work at Southend, not any of us would find very difficult to do.
Sterling was interviewed on BBC Newsnight by Emily Maitlis earlier this month
Gerrard is in charge of the giants of the Premiership scottish Rangers, his first senior position in management
“Compare Ashley Cole, who finished his career with me at Derby County last year and who works here doing a great job. He’s going to do what he wants to do, so it is very difficult to make this comparison from the outside.
“The individual comparison when you don’t have the details of the journey of each person, I thought that this was not quite right.
Lampard, however, was determined to congratulate Sterling for speaking out against racism.
“What Raheem Sterling has spoken in the past two years has been brave enough to talk about, questions that should have been addressed a little earlier, he deserves substantial credit for that,” said Lampard.
“You can say the same of a whole range of players in the Premier League in terms of Marcus Rashford recently, Jordan Henderson, Troy Deneney, Mark Noble. I don’t want to leave too. They make a good impression. “
Lampard insists that he has worked throughout his career to win the chance to lead Chelsea
Sterling has been the target of abuse disgusting when Manchester City played Chelsea in 2018 and Lampard has praised the English for having been a shining light in the fight against racism
Lampard also spoke of the inclusiveness of Derby, Chelsea, and their two owners, Mel Morris, and Roman Abramovich, as well as the continued fight of his current club against all forms of prejudice.
But he added: “there is definitely an argument, and we can move forward more quickly, where the players get equal opportunities when they enter the management and not only the players, young coaches entering the game.
“The FA do a lot of good work. I just completed my pro-licence. It was very diverse, very open.
“If there are things we can do to ensure that everyone enjoys equal opportunities and a path to management, it must be done and the figures suggest that there are things to do. “