Why Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was always destined to return to Stamford Bridge
Frank Lampard hasn’t made the most convincing of starts as Chelsea manager.
The Blues have won just two of their seven competitive fixtures under his helm so far.
After Maurizio Sarri left to join Juventus in June, Lampard was the only serious contender to land the job.
Despite only having one season of experience in management, the former vice-captain found himself in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
This was no surprise to one man though – former Blues right-back Glen Johnson.
Johnson, 35, won the Premier League with Lampard, playing alongside the former midfielder for years at the Blues and for England.
And he says the 41-year-old was always urging the boss to learn more about the role.
“Yeah I did,” Johnson exclusively told Starsport when asked if he thought Lampard would go into management after retiring.
“He was always a professional, and wanting to learn.
“You could see him close to the manager and trying to learn the role and things like that.
“So yeah, I always knew that he’d want to be a manager.”
Lampard had enjoyed an impressive debut season at Derby, but suffered heartache in the play-off final.
And many felt it was too soon for him to take over at a Champions League club that had just finished third in the Premier League.
Johnson was not one of those though, insisting he thinks it was exactly the “right time” for Lampard to return to west London.
He continued: “I also visualised him being the Chelsea manager one day, but it’s come along a bit earlier than expected.
“In a normal situation, I think it would have been too early and I think he would have preferred to have a bit more experience.
“But the fact that Chelsea have got the transfer ban and the way they were performing – I think it was the perfect time for him really.
“Whoever Chelsea employed this time round, they would have had to give plenty of time and patience to.
“So the fact that they could do it for Lamps and he’s got time to find his feet, it’s actually the right time.”