Frank Lampard has revealed he rejected ‘flattering opportunities’ to return to management since his dismissal from beloved Chelsea club.
Lampard was speaking for the first time since leaving the Blues on January 25 after Roman Abramovich ruthlessly sacked the club legend following a fall in form.
The 42-year-old has been linked with the England Under-21 post after the team were knocked out of the European Championship in the group stage – Aidy Boothroyd again coming under criticism for his toothless performances .
Frank Lampard revealed he turned down flattering offers to return to management
The former midfielder added that the opportunities he had received so far “weren’t quite good”.
Speaking at an exclusive Q&A hosted by the London Football Awards to benefit the Willow Foundation, Lampard said: “Football consumed my life first as a player and then as a manager .
“No one wants to lose their job. But when you embark on this career, it can happen no matter how good you think you are. It gave me a lot more time to be home. It was great to be with the family.
“I’ve had opportunities that have come up over the last six weeks, two months that have been flattering, but not the right thing. They weren’t quite right.
The former midfielder was speaking for the first time since leaving Chelsea in January
But Lampard added that he wanted to work in football again.
He said: “It would be something that I really want to do at the right time and in the right place. My eyes are still on it. I still watch football and try to improve myself. I will try to find the right time and the right opportunity. I really want to go back to work.
‘I try to. Like I said, how much it consumes you when you’re at it is a big deal. You can’t take your love of gambling away from yourself. I like to keep getting involved.
England have an exciting crop of emerging youngsters and many believe Boothroyd is not the ideal option to deal with them.
The FA will consider Lampard as an option as they seek to appoint a new Under-21 head coach, with Boothroyd’s contract expiring soon.
Lampard will be considered by the FA as an option to take over the England Under-21 squad
Lampard, a more modern coach, may well be a useful option to accelerate the development of the country’s best prospects.
Lampard added that he was grateful for having had the chance to manage Chelsea and said he sorely missed the club’s supporters and the impact they could have on the team.
He said: “I absolutely appreciate the opportunity I have had to manage Chelsea. It was an incredible time. Everyone knows how I felt for the club. From the reboot, until the moment I left, to not have any fans… I absolutely missed them.
“As a player I knew what it meant to me and I knew the effect it had on the games. It was as if the edge had been removed. When I read the headline about Returning the Fans, it’s so exciting. Yeah, I can’t wait for this.
Club legend Lampard was named Chelsea coach in July 2019 and has won 44 of his 84 games in charge, drawing 17 and losing 23.
Lampard was keen to stress that he wants to return to management as soon as possible.
Chelsea reached the FA Cup final under Lampard last season but were beaten by Arsenal at Wembley. Players like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham had plenty of opportunities from Lampard, the former excellent now under Thomas Tuchel.
Les Bleus struggled for consistency under Lampard in the first half of this campaign despite the arrival of a host of new players including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Tuchel eventually replaced Lampard at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea currently fifth in the table.
Lampard, who retired in 2017, began his managerial career in Derby County, taking the Rams to the Championship play-off final in 2019, where they lost to Aston Villa.