Frank Lampard has revealed he doubted whether he should take the reins at Chelsea and was ‘s***ting himself’ on his first day as a manager with Derby.
But boss Lamps said he had to grab the opportunity of returning to the Blues where he spent 13 trophy-laden years as a player.
He told The Athletic: “It’s my club and the pull of it was always going to get me, no matter where I might have been. I didn’t know when that Chelsea opportunity might come around again, if ever.
“On top of that, the idea of staying at Derby was a tough one. It was at a tough period and I think that’s become evident now.
“So the decision was clear-cut, but I did have doubts, if ‘doubts’ is the right word. Managing Derby was doing it on a much smaller scale, tight-knit, expectation levels so-so and some games would go under the radar if you didn’t get a great result.
“At Chelsea, I knew all of that would change instantly and I wanted to have a positive impact because I knew that my name and the ex-player thing wouldn’t last that long. So yeah, I had a lot of doubts.”
Despite being a big name player, Lampard admitted his nerves when stepping into management, he added: “The first day I walked into Derby, I was s***ting myself. I really was. It came upon me so quickly. I met Mel Morris, the owner. I was offered the job which was a big leap for him and a big leap for me.”