Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard in January having been appointed in the summer of 2019 and replaced with Thomas Tuchel.
And the club legend has insisted his time as Blues’ boss was “an incredible time” and remains appreciative of his chance in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
Though Blues legend Lampard, who has been linked to the England U21 job with Aidy Boothroyd under pressure, suggested there were no hard feelings.
“I’m absolutely appreciative of the opportunity I had to manage Chelsea,” he said in an exclusive Q&A in aid of the Willow Foundation. “It was an incredible time. Everyone knows how I felt about the club.
“Football has consumed my life, firstly as a player and then as a manager. Nobody wants to lose their job.
“But when you go into this career, it can happen, no matter how good you think you are.
“It's given me a lot more time to be at home. It's been great to be around the family.
“I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering, but not the right thing. They were not quite right.”
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