Frank Lampard’s return: ‘Mason Mount is a huge player for Chelsea,’ says new caretaker manager

Frank Lampard’s first spell was a roller-coaster ride that saw the Blues have their positive moments but it did not last longer.

Frank Lampard in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@Everton
By Karthik Raman | Apr 7, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

In a surprising turn of events, Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea to become their new caretaker manager. It has not been long since the Blues parted ways with their previous manager Graham Potter. In this period, the Stamford Bridge outfit has been linked with a number of coaches to become the club’s next manager. Amidst the hunt for a new manager, not many people saw the latest development coming.

This will be the second spell for Frank Lampard at the helm of Chelsea. His first spell was a roller-coaster ride that saw the Blues have their positive moments but it did not last longer. It eventually ended with Lampard departing the club where he had several successful years as a player. However, the Chelsea management has opted to appoint Lampard once again but this time in a caretaker capacity.

His first match will be at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday in the Premier League. During his first spell at Stamford Bridge, Lampard had a good relationship with Mason Mount. The youngster also flourished for his club and country during that spell. However, he seems to have lost his way a bit in recent time. When speaking to the media after his appointment, Lampard was inevitably asked about Mount.

Frank Lampard on Mason Mount

“Mason has always been a fantastic player for me, from my days at Derby, the impact he had there, to when I came back to Chelsea. It’s with absolute pleasure that I’ve watched him and others that I coached in that period – like Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and others – to have gone and been huge players either here or elsewhere,” Lampard was quoted as saying by the club’s website.

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“With Mason I know he’s had a few slight injury problems as I understand it. The important thing for me will be to talk to him and find out where he’s at but I know what I get from Mason. So I just want to see him perform on the pitch and we have a good relationship so we’ll talk a lot. I think he’s a huge player for Chelsea and has been during his time here.”

‘Modern day football has big squads’

Frank Lampard, who was sacked by Everton this season, was in the Stamford Bridge stands on Tuesday night to watch Chelsea play out a goalless draw against Liverpool. Speaking about what he made of the squad, Lampard said, “I was at the game on Tuesday night, I know there’s a lot of talent in this squad, not just the players who played on Tuesday but generally. I’m excited to work with that talent and help them and that’s why I’m here. Modern day football has big squads and I understand that Chelsea might be at the top end of that.”

“I remember being here before and I had lots of difficult decisions with really good players and people you have to tell they aren’t involved this week. Part of the job is to try to manage that situation and make every player feel included. Maybe at the beginning going into this that’s a positive for me, because everybody can have a clean slate right now and show what they can do in training, be competitive in training with a competitive nature that will then cross over onto the pitch. That’s the good thing about a squad, you push each other and I’ll try to manage that.”

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