Frank Lampard could be standing in the technical area one day, barking out instructions to his players. But that day isn’t today.
Lampard went on British radio station TalkSport and ruled out taking over the now-vacant League One Oxford United managerial position, which opened after Pep Clotet was sacked earlier this week. Lampard, who retired following the end of the 2017 MLS season, has been working on his coaching badges and is getting experience coaching in Chelsea’s academy.
But he’s not ready to get on the hot seat for the League One side.
“I spoke to Dave Jones, who works at Sky and is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that is far as it went. There wasn’t much in it,” Lampard told TalkSPORT. “Certainly I’m working on my badges now and it’s my intention [to get into management] if the right thing comes along.
“I don’t know what the route will be – there are plenty of different routes to become a top manager and I am working there [at Chelsea with the U18s] now to get towards that. You can’t just step out of something and think you can become a manager, you have to practice a lot. Thankfully Chelsea and the academy are helping me get my hours in and I am watching training at certain Premier League clubs and studying as much as I can so down the line, I hope so [to become a manager one day].”
Perhaps the timing wasn’t right, but getting to learn the ropes at a smaller club in England could be just what Lampard needs to keep improving now as a manager. Ryan Giggs waited and now is the Wales boss but it’s unclear if Lampard could have done the same for the England job, even if he coached the youth levels in the national team setup as Gareth Southgate did.
Here’s one problem (of sorts) the United States faces when it comes to soccer versus the rest of the world.
Most of the country’s favorite team, here or abroad, is the national team.
Fifty-three percent of our voters said that, given the choice of club or country, they choose country.
Now unfortunately we don’t have the stats from around the world, but we’re assuming it’s much much different in nations with more storied domestic leagues (and this is largely not Major League Soccer’s fault, other than to debit its nascency).
Try to imagine this below story from Rio Ferdinand coming from any rivalry, from New York to Cascadia. It feels almost absurd, but over time perhaps that will change a bit.
Then again, perhaps our country is just a bit more rock, flag, eagle than the rest of the world. What do you think? Why is it country over club here?
The 39-year-old has been vocal about his desire to move into management after a celebrated playing career that saw him become a Chelsea legend and make stops at West Ham, Swansea, Manchester City, and New York City FC.
The U’s finished eighth in League One last season. Manager Michael Appleton left the club and is an assistant to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City. Oxford won the League Cup in 1986.
Chelsea defender John Terry has been the subject of retirement rumors for years now.
With Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both announcing the end of their playing years in recent months, the 36-year-old Terry has been forced to recognize his own career’s mortality.
Terry has just five Premier League appearances this season for The Blues, and just six total minutes of league action since starting the first four games of the campaign. Having been topped on the depth chart by David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, and even backups Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake in manager Antonio Conte‘s successful 3 CB system, the time appears right for Terry to call it a career, and he hinted towards that sentiment.
“It’s the end of an era with Stevie and now Lamps, and sooner or later I’m going to be next at some point in my career,” Terry admitted before Chelsea’s big Saturday match against Arsenal. “I’ve spoken to the manager about this – once you get to a certain age in your career I think you have to accept that you’re going to be on the bench and you’re not going to be playing every week. Things change and when you’re not accepting that as a player I think it’s more difficult to put a line underneath it and move on to the next chapter.
Terry did, however, backtrack, saying he believes there’s still something left in the tank. “Chelsea is my life. I’ve been here 22 years and it’s been a dream for me. I’ve still got a lot to give to the game and a lot to give the club this season.”
Lampard, 38, is one of the finest players in Premier League history and his legendary status as a goalscoring machine from midfield will see him go down in history.
Below is a collection of Lampard’s best goals as he scored 211 for Chelsea (he’s their all-time leading goalscorer… and he was a midfielder) plus 29 for England, eight for Manchester City and 15 for New York City FC.