Frank Lampard gave a fascinating insight into his working relationship with Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia and also deepened his ‘respect’ for Roman Abramovich, less than a year after being sacked by the club.
Lampard, 42, won countless trophies – including three Premier League titles and the Champions League – during his tenure as a player at Stamford Bridge, and was given the job after just one season at Derby.
But his reign collapsed just 18 months later, despite a promising first campaign that led to a top-four and an FA Cup final appearance, and Lampard has now opened up about his time. passed under the hierarchy of the Blues.
Frank Lampard has lifted the veil on his collaboration with Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia
Speaking to Gary Neville, Lampard (L) also looked into his dismissal from the club after 18 months
Asked by Gary Neville on YouTube channel Overlap if he felt cut off, Lampard said, “I wasn’t completely left out, I would have conversations with Marina. She would be my port of call, quite regularly – it could be messages.
“I went out of my way to have that, I wanted to have that relationship with her. I thought it was important. I probably had the advantage of the arrival of Petr (Cech).
“Me and Pete were close as players, as friends, then he walked into the office across from me. It was a good intermediary for me.
Lampard was fired less than two years after starting his tenure, despite a promising first season
“I certainly didn’t feel like I was absolutely alone. “
Lampard also revealed that he rarely speaks to Abramovich, despite the owner’s practical role at the top of the club.
“I didn’t really (speak), I didn’t need it,” he added. ‘It wasn’t like that. I felt the support of the club. I am grateful that they gave me the job and I felt the support upwards.
The legendary former midfielder left his childhood club as he languished in ninth place in the Premier League, and after a scorching one-win run in his last five league games.
Granovskaia has a practical role within the club for the hiring of managers and also the signing of players.
Lampard revealed he rarely speaks to Roman Abramovich and detailed his respect for him
Thomas Tuchel was quickly chosen to succeed him and he memorable led Chelsea to Champions League glory against Manchester City in Porto.
Lifting the veil on how decisions to hire and fire club directors are made, Lampard said: “You don’t always get it straight away, but yes, the owner (makes the choice).
“You respect that. I have always respected him. I wouldn’t be sitting in the comfortable position I’m in now without him in the first place. He makes that decision. To be fair, if you look back over the period, he made some good decisions.
Jokingly, Neville asked if Granovskaia’s phone calls were gradually stopping, to which Lampard replied, “I think that’s naturally the case, and I understand. ”
The session between Lampard and Neville took place in an ad for the latter’s YouTube channel
In the same session, Lampard also revealed all the details of how the final moments of his job as Chelsea boss have unfolded. The day after an FA Cup victory over Luton, he received a message from Bruce Buck, the club president.
“Well, we beat Luton in the FA Cup fourth round or whatever,” Lampard recalls.
“Then the next morning I got a message from Bruce Buck, the chairman, saying ‘can you move the formation and come meet us in the meeting room? “
“That first post too, you sort of wake up and think ‘let’s review Instagram. “
Bruce Buck (left) asked Lampard to go to Stamford Bridge, and he was sacked hours later
“Just kidding, but once the club make that decision to be fair, there’s no right way to do it. “
Digging through Buck’s text, Lampard revealed that he was saying, “’Can you come meet us in the conference room at Stamford Bridge? ”
He then added: “I knew straight away. Like I said, there is no right way to do it and there can be different ways to do it, but in the end the result is the same.
‘When I met Bruce and Marina and it was very cordial. I also knew what was going to happen. Not at the time, but you are grateful for the period.
Lampard left the club as they languished in ninth place, with a win over their last five
‘It’s like that. They will move on and there is nothing you can do there.
“I’ve never held this position before, so it was a bit surreal back then, but when you take on the job you understand that this call could come.
“At Chelsea it will probably come unless you win back-to-back titles and that was never going to happen. ”
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