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Frank Lampard has his sights set on remaining as Chelsea boss “for as long as possible”, but acknowledges that the decision will be taken out of his hands if results are affected.
Lampard was appointed manager of the club where he made 648 appearances between 2001 and 2014 prior to the 2019-20 campaign after just one year of management with Derby County in the Championship.
He led the Blues to fourth place in the Premier League and led them to the FA Cup final, where they lost to Arsenal.
They have come off the blocks fast this season and are third in the Premier League having lost just one of their first 10 games and have qualified from their Champions League group with two games to spare.
However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience with coaches, and Lampard became the club’s 15th permanent or interim appointment since the Russian bought the club in 2003.
Lampard is well aware that he is never more than a few negative results from his threatened position, but he hopes he will have the opportunity to build something substantial at Stamford Bridge.
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“I have 18 months left [on his contract] and I feel, and I felt when I came to the club, that there were many circumstances at the beginning that were going to make a transition last year, maybe a little difficult, ”he said at a press conference before the Premier League clash with Chelsea. Leeds United on Saturday.
“I thought it was a success. Now I feel like I would love to be part of the long-term plan here.
“The signings we made in the summer, apart perhaps from Thiago [Silva]They were signings for now and for the future; players who will progress and mature.
Of course, I would love to be a part of that and of course that is the decision of the club and the owner first and foremost.
“I am a lucky man to run the club that I love and that is my life. So of course I want it to be a success and to be here as long as possible.
“I would like to do this work for as long as possible, but I am also very aware that it is based on results.
“At the moment I think we are working to achieve something and people are getting very excited and mention that this year we are in the race for the title.
“I always saw it as a longer plan than that. We may have to wait until next year to really challenge for the signings and the adaptation process.
“What we’re doing right now is getting people excited, but I know we have to be consistent throughout the season.”
Lampard’s former teammate at Chelsea Branislav Ivanovic, who now plays for West Brom, has tipped the 42-year-old to one day take over as England’s manager.
While Lampard admits that he would be tempted by the prestigious role later in his career, his focus remains solely on Chelsea for now.
“I appreciate Branislav’s words,” he added. He’s a good friend and I appreciate the positive writing.
“It’s certainly nothing that’s on my radar in the short term. I am very patriotic, I loved playing for my country, but at the moment my goal is to do my best here.
“I appreciate it and if there was ever an opportunity down the road, it’s certainly something I would look at, but you should never go too far in this job.”